University Planning Committee

UPC Charge and Membership


The University Planning Committee (UPC) serves as an advisory committee to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.  In this capacity, the UPC recommends annual planning priorities as part of the implementation of the University's strategic plan, and reviews annual progress of the plan's initiatives.  The UPC considers, endorses, and makes recommendations related to strategic, tactical, and other significant planning initiatives, and may establish ad hoc committees and taskforces when needed to facilitate University planning.  The UPC may also make recommendations in linking planning to related administrative functions. 


Chair: Dr. Donald Boomgaarden, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Doug Boyle, Faculty Senate President; KSOM Faculty Representative

Ms. Meg Cullen-Brown, Director of Graduate and Continuing Education Services

Dr. Joseph Dreisbach, Associate Provost for International Education

Dr. Josephine Dunn, CAS Faculty Representative

Dr. Patricia Harrington, Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness (Interim)

Mr. Christopher Kilner, Student Senate President

Dr. Anitra McShea, Vice Provost for Student Formation and Campus Life

Dr. Michael Mensah, Dean KSOM; Dean's Group Representative

Mr. Mark Murphy, Staff Senate Representative

Mr. Gary Olsen, Vice President for University Advancement

Mr. Liam Reeves, Student Senate Representative

Mr. Ryan Sheehan, Exective Director of The Jesuit Center (Interim)

Mr. Edward Steinmetz, Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration

Dr. Paul Sung, PCPS Faculty Representative

Dr. Dan West, PCPS Faculty Representative

Mr. Joe Wetherell, Staff Senate President; Associate Director of Admissions 

Ms. Kate Yerkes, Assistant Vice Provost for Planning & Institutional Effectiveness

Mr. Gerry Zaboski, Vice Provost for Enrollment and External Relations 

UPC Executive Committee:

  • Dr. Donald Boomgaarden, Chair
  • Dr. Patricia Harrington 
  • Dr. Joseph Dreisbach (Chair, 2014-15 Global Subcommittee)
  • Dr. Anitra McShea (Chair, 2014-15 Engaged Subcommittee)
  • Dr. Michael Mensah (Chair, 2014-15 Integrated Subcommittee)
  • Mr. Edward Steinmetz
  • Ms. Kate Yerkes

UPC Subcommittees, 2014-2015

To facilitate the UPC's work in coordinating the strategic planning process, and to engage other members of the University community in this process, three subcommittees were formed for spring 2015. These subcommittees mirror the strategic plan's three themes: engaged, integrated, and global. The work of these committees was integral to the development of the 2015-2020 strategic plan, and continues to inform the ongoing refinement of the scorecards for each of the three themes. These scorecards document responsible offices, targets, timelines, resources, and assessment measures for each goal within the plan. 

Subcommittee Membership and Materials

UPC Minutes, 2014- 2015

November 14, 2014

February 5, 2015

Feburary 19, 2015

March 5, 2015

March 26, 2015

April 16, 2015

May 14, 2015

October 15, 2015

November 13, 2015

December 3, 2015