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Mission, Vision and Values

Mission Statement

Student Affairs at The University of Tampa educates and empowers students to be global citizens through experiential and diverse learning opportunities that reinforce the values of the Spartan Code and enrich the lives of others. 

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Vision Statement

Student Affairs at The University of Tampa will be known for its dynamic and collaborative campus community that engages every student in innovative learning experiences resulting in student success and life transformation. 

Strategic Planning Process

History and Timeline

The Student Affairs Strategic Planning and Assessment Team was formed in Fall 2011 with the charge of creating core values, mission and vision statements. The committee is also charged with creating professional development opportunities to educate and engage the entire division to aid in advancing the strategic plan. Through a participatory process that engaged the whole division, these documents (mission statement, core values, Strategic Priorities) were adopted in May 2012. In January 2013, the strategic priorities for the division were adopted

During the Spring 2013 semester the strategic priorities team led the effort to identify common learning domains for the division of Student Affairs. These learning domains and the descriptors associated with each domain are based on the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) Learning and Development Outcomes' CAS Contextual Statement. During the summer of 2013 each department within Student Affairs referenced the strategic priorities and the common learning domains in their annual reports.

During the Fall 2013 semester the team created an executive summary that reflects how the 2013-2014 goals for Student Affairs align with the common learning domains and the strategic priorities.


We chose to use a strategic planning strategy known as whole system change. At the core of this approach is a belief that all members of the division have something important and valuable to contribute (Bunker & Alban, 2006). By incorporating the diverse ideas and perspectives that exist within the student affairs staff at UT, we created a collaborative environment of shared learning that challenged us to see the whole system at work. The outcome is a stronger understanding of where we are and where we would like to go, which empowers each office within the division to align its goals and initiatives with the strategic plan without feeling limited. 

Committee Composition

The Student Affairs Strategic Planning and Assessment Team is comprised of representatives from all offices within student affairs. Team members meet regularly (weekly or biweekly) throughout the year. Most team members will serve a two-year term and will rotate off on alternate years.

Current membership

Katie Meyer-Griffith, Chair, Associate Director, Career Services
Jacquelyn Deptula, Assistant Director, Residence Life
Chris Gottlick, Assistant Director, Campus Recreation and Welnness
Tim Harding, Associate Dean, Career Development and Engagement
Stephanie Russell Krebs, Dean of Students, Student Affairs
Julie LeBlanc, Assistant Director, Office of Student Leadership and Engagement
Rolando Perez, Counselor, Dickey Health and Wellness Center


The Student Affairs Strategic Planning and Assessment Team is a data-driven group committed to developing and maintaining an assessment process that is used when crafting all aspects of the strategic plan. 

Student Affairs Strategic Planning and Assessment Team Division-Wide Events 

The Student Affairs Strategic Planning and Assessment Team coordinates two division-wide programs per year to engage the entire division in the strategic planning process. Past programs include:

  • July 2011 Advance, facilitated by Timothy McMahon, PhD (focus on organizational change and diversity) 
  • Winter 2011 Staff Planning Day, facilitated by the Student Affairs Strategic Planning Committee, (focus on mission statement development)
  • May 2012 Advance, facilitated by Michael Weeks, (focus on systems thinking)  
  • January 2013 Advance, facilitated by Teri Bump (focus on likeability and career trajectory)
  • May 2013 Advance, facilitated by Tom Miller, interim vice president of Student Affairs and associate professor, College of Education, the University of South Florida (focus on retention and persistence) and David Stern, Provost, The University of Tampa (focus on collaboration between academic and student affairs)
  • January 2014 Advance, facilitated by Susan Komives (focus on student learning outcomes)
  • June 2014 Advance, facilitated by Kathy Guthrie (focus on living and working wholeheartedly in higher education)
  • January 2015 Advance, facilitated by Lua Hancock (focus on collaborative partnerships)
  • July 2015 Advance, facilitated by Angela Lower Chong (focus on legal issues in higher education)
  • January 2016 Advance, facilitated by Emma Pettit (focus on diversity and inclusion)

Bunker, B. B., & Alban, B. T. (2006). Handbook of large group methods: Creating systemic change in organizations and communities. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.