This strategic planning site has been created to share information with the campus and community about our rolling strategic plan "Students First: Innovate ESU" (2014-2017). In the past year (2016-2017) the SPIRIT (Strategic Plan Innovation, Renewal, and Implementation Team) group was created with the mission to help envision our university's goals for the years leading to 2020. The members of this group consisted of faculty, staff and administration
From the SPIRIT group and campus input, an updated plan now called "Students First: Empowering Innovation through Collaboration 2017-2020" as been released to the campus after approval by Council of Trustees on December 7, 2017. Thank you to all of you that participated in the process including our campus-wide roundtable discussions. The strategic plan is a representation of our entire campus community and each of you plays an integral role in its success and our future as an institution.
Strategic Planning Updates
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The strategic plan has been implmeneted in concert with ESU's mission, vision and values.
About President Welsh:
Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. was appointed as the 13th president of ESU in April 2012 by the Board of Governors for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and assumed her role as the first female president of ESU in July 2012.
Dr. Welsh earned both her undergraduate degree in physical sciences and master’s degree in anatomy from Colorado State University, and her doctoral degree in anatomy from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She has published numerous articles in academic journals, has presented at a number of national conferences, and has been involved with a variety of community organizations, She is serving the local and regional communities in multiple capacities including: the Northampton Community College Monroe Campus Advisory Board, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities (NEPACU), and the Buck Hill-Skytop Musical Festival board. As president of East Stroudsburg University, Dr. Welsh is also a member of the Marine Science Consortium (MSC) board of directors, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Welsh pursued both administrative and academic career paths prior to her presidency at ESU. She began her academic career in 1978 as an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She remained at USC for 23 years, rising through the ranks to professor and also serving as chair of the Faculty Senate and acting chair of her department before being named associate provost and dean of the Graduate School. Later in her career, she was named senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of Adelphi University in 2001, a position she held for seven years. Dr. Welsh then became provost of Towson University in 2009, and also served as interim president of the university during 2011.
She is married to Dr. Louis Terracio, vice dean of research and professor at NYU’s College of Dentistry. They have three children: Nate, Matthew, and Mallory, and one grandchild, Giovanni.