LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE
MSA Strategic Planning Update Last April, over fifty Miller School of Albemarle faculty members, administrators, students, alumni, parents, and friends gathered for a two-day strategic planning workshop at Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville. During this highly-productive workshop, the group focused on six key areas of Miller’s future: student life, physical plant and facilities, finance and development, curriculum and teaching, the extended Miller community, and admission and marketing. While the ideas and opinions in all six areas covered everything from overall mission to minute details, one sentiment unified the participants: a love of the Miller School of Albemarle. The strategic planning group’s responsibility was to draft a five-year plan for MSA that enables it to move forward while staying true to the ideals of its founder, Samuel Miller. Topics throughout the weekend that were “Samuel Miller approved” included a reinvigorated hands-on Design/Build curriculum, better use of our 1,600-acre campus, a renewed
focus on students from Virginia and the surrounding states, and an unwavering commitment to financial aid. Other initiatives, many of which are listed below, sparked such excitement that the participants could hardly wait to get to work. Many of the ideas that came out of the workshop are already being implemented. Read on for a report of what has already been accomplished in some of the categories. Top Priorities in Student Life: Utilize 1,600 acres. Bridge gap between day and boarding students. Promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle in all areas. The first weekend back at school found students enjoying the campus during a Saturday morning cross country practice and an afternoon mountain bike ride. The lake has been open for students more often during weekends with good weather,
Miller students Andrew Lee, Laura Sullivan, Whitney Martin, and Grace Dawson pose in Farmington Country Club’s famed Jefferson Room. The viewpoints of these students provided valuable insights into the overall well-being of the student body during the Strategic Planning Meeting.
Bell Tower Magazine • Fall/Winter 2010
Miller School of Albemarle Magazine