Inside the Feasibility Study – Oct. 25

Since our last Friday newsletter update, two meetings have occurred.  First, Hilbert hosted the leadership team of St. Bonaventure on Tuesday, October 15 to gain a deeper understanding of each institution.  This was an information sharing meeting.  The topics covered during the information sharing were: History/Governance, Students, Mission Integration, Enrollment, Academic Affairs, Finance, Faculty, IT (exchanged documents), Institutional Advancement, Athletics, Marketing & Communications.  We identified several areas of possible synergy, and are beginning to pursue those areas that do not require a change in our current institutional relationship. For example, the advancement offices of each institution have identified ways that they can share resources and strategies toward enhancing the outcomes of both organizations.

St. Bonaventure University
Sr. Margaret Carney – President
Thomas Buttafarro – Director of Operations, President’s Office
Br. F. Edward Coughlin – Vice President for the Franciscan Mission
Mary Driscoll – Vice President for University Advancement
Michael J. Fischer – Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Kate Dillon Hogan – Associate Vice President for Enrollment
Brenda L. McGee – Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration
Emily F. Sinsabaugh – Vice President for University Relations
Richard Trietley, Jr. – Vice Provost for Student Life

Hilbert College

Cynthia Zane – President
Barbara Bonanno – Director of Mission Integration and Campus Ministry
Peter Burns – Vice President for Enrollment Management
Gregg Fort – Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Denise Harris – Vice Provost for Student Engagement
Matt Heidt – Director of College Relations
Christopher Holoman – Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Rick Pinkowski – Vice President for Business and Finance
Jim Sturm – Vice Provost for Leadership Development and Dean of Students

The second part of this update involves Hilbert’s Board Retreat, which was held Saturday, October 19. This is an annual retreat held every year on the third Saturday in October and was not a decision making meeting.  The goal at the Board Retreat this year was to discuss and identify some of the ‘priority’ questions for the feasibility study task force and to clarify the board’s responsibilities throughout the process.  The retreat also gave the board members a chance to interact with a governance expert, Dr. Tom Ingram, who facilitated the discussion.  Tom Ingram is president emeritus of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) having served as president for 13 years through 2005, and previously as executive vice president for 18 years.  He is a consultant, facilitator, speaker, and writer on nonprofit directorship and academic trusteeship whose focus includes comprehensive governance reviews, board self-study workshops, presidential and board performance reviews, bylaw revision, and executive coaching.

Did you know?
U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Bonaventure No. 5 for Best Value among more than 180 regional universities in the North in its 2014 rankings.  The Princeton Review has consistently recognized St. Bonaventure as one of the nation’s best colleges.  The John Templeton Foundation has called St. Bonaventure one of the nation’s character building colleges.