Strategic Planning Updates

Dear HMC Community:

I hope this message finds you well. As we continue our journey to shape the future of the College through the strategic planning process, I’m writing to share some updates and next steps.

Last month, we took a significant step forward with a community-wide participation in a Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results (SOAR) analysis. With approximately 100 participants across two sessions, we used GroupMap to collect 889 ideas in our SOAR analysis, fostering lively conversations.

In addition, the membership of the Steering Committee and the three Working Groups–Imagining Harvey Mudd, Academic Vision, and Student Experience–have been determined. The rosters are provided below. I’m grateful for the enthusiastic response to the invitations to serve in this capacity. A charge meeting will be held virtually on Feb. 15 at 12:30 p.m. to provide an overview of the topics each group is being asked to explore. This session will be recorded for those unable to attend.

There will be additional opportunities for segments of our community to provide ideas and input into the SOAR analysis:

Student-focused SOAR analysis –  Feb. 20, 11 a.m.–Noon in the Aviation Room

Staff-focused SOAR analysis – Feb. 22, 9–10 a.m. in the Aviation Room

Faculty-focused SOAR analysis – Feb. 22, Noon–1 p.m. in the Green Room

Ideas will be captured in GroupMap and compiled with the input already received. Steering Committee and Working Group members are invited to any of these sessions as schedules allow.

The insights from the SOAR analysis will be the input for the three Working Groups. The Steering Committee will assist me in guiding the planning efforts, ensuring the effective integration of recommendations from the Working Groups into our finalized strategic plan, which will be essential as we go into our comprehensive campaign.

In closing, I want to express my gratitude for the incredible engagement and dedication demonstrated by our HMC community thus far. Your participation in the SOAR analysis, discussions, and committees are vital contributions to shaping the future of Harvey Mudd College. As we embark on this strategic planning journey together, I am confident that our collective efforts will lead to a vibrant and successful future for our institution. Thank you for your ongoing commitment and support.

Kind regards,


Strategic Plan Steering Committee

James Bean ’77, Chair, Board of Trustees

Thyra Briggs, Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid and Lead, Task Force on College Affordability

Jim Boerkoel, Csilla and Walt Foley Endowed Professor in Computer Science, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Chair, Department of Computer Science

Pat Copeland P’27, Member, Board of Trustees

Matina Donaldson-Matasci, Associate Professor of Biology

Tom Donnelly, Vice President for Academic Affairs and R. Michael Shanahan Dean of the Faculty

Erika Dyson, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Willard W. Keith, Jr., Fellow in the Humanities

Kathy French ’97, President, Alumni Association Board of Governors (AABOG)

Sharon Gerbode, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Physics

Jennifer Green, Executive Director, Alumni and Parent Relations

Lelia Hawkins, Director of the Hixon Center and Hixon Professor of Climate Studies

Cindy Martinez, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Susan Martonosi, Chair of the Faculty and Professor of Mathematics

Cole Nagata ’24, Class of 2024 Co-president and student representative

Harriet B. Nembhard, President, Chair of the Steering Committee

Laura Palucki Blake, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Gregory Rae ’00, Member, Board of Trustees

Chris Ranlett ’24, student representative

Steven Santana ’06, Iris and Howard Critchell Assistant Professor of Engineering and Director, Engineering Clinic

Michael Schubmehl ’02, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees

Jessica Skon, Member, Board of Trustees

Imagining Harvey Mudd Working Group

Colleen Coxe, Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Research and Projects

Bruce DePriester ’74, Member, Board of Trustees

Ken Fandell, Michael G. and C. Jane Wilson Chair in Arts and the Humanities and Professor of Art

Sharon Gerbode, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Physics

Stephanie Graham, Acting Chief Communications Officer

Karl Haushalter, Seeley Wintersmith Mudd Professor of Chemistry and Biology and Chair, Department of Chemistry

Haydee Lindo, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Julie Medero, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Associate Chair, Department of Computer Science

Steven Santana ’06, Iris and Howard Critchell Assistant Professor of Engineering and Director, Engineering Clinic

Kim Stafford, Assistant Vice President for Development

Kathy Van Heuvelen, R. Michael Shanahan Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of the Faculty

Academic Vision Working Group

Mark Ashley, Registrar and Assistant Vice President for Student Information Management

Spencer Brucks, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Rob Gould ’87, Member, Board of Trustees

Vivien Hamilton, Associate Professor of the History of Science

Nancy Lape, James Howard Kindelberger Professor in Engineering and Chair, Department of Engineering

Theresa Lynn, Bruce and Susan Worster Professor of Physics and Chair, Department of Physics

Cindy Martinez, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Drew Price, Machine Shop Manager

Danae Schulz, Associate Professor of Biology

Talithia Williams, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Director, Mathematics Clinic

Student Experience Working Group

Art Benjamin, Smallwood Family Professor of Mathematics

Angie Covarrubias Aguilar, Program Director, Upward Bound

Kathy French ’97, President, Alumni Association Board of Governors (AABOG)

Michelle Harrison, Associate Dean for Health and Wellness

Aye Htut-Rosales, Associate Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Fred Leichter, Clinical Professor of Engineering and Executive Director, Rick and Susan Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity (The Hive)

Kim Nykanen, Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students

Chris Sundberg, Associate Dean for Students and Director of Campus Life

Kayleah Tsai ’24, ASHMC President, student representative

Adele Vuong, Senior Administrator for Business Affairs & Risk Management and Acting Director for Human Resources