Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Local Community Members Invited to College Strategic Planning Presentation, January 17

Chestertown, MD, January 3, 2006 — Washington College's Office of the President invites citizens of Chestertown and Kent County to attend a special community presentation of the College's draft strategic plan, initial directions for the new master plan, and preliminary concepts for a new campus landscape plan on Tuesday, January 17, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the Litrenta Lecture Hall, John Toll Science Center.

"On the eve of our 225th anniversary, we have been working intensively to develop plans for our next five to ten years," says Baird Tipson, President of the College. "In December we shared a draft strategic plan with our Board of Visitors and Governors and would now like to provide members of the greater Chestertown and Kent County communities with a similar opportunity to comment. As we go forward in this planning process, I look forward to receiving community input and perspectives."

The presentation will give members of the community a chance to review the preliminary plans and address questions, comments, and suggestions to the College Administration. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to the Office of the President at 410-778-7201 by January 13 to ensure an appropriate quantity of handouts and materials. Complimentary refreshments will be available before and after the presentation.

In addition to drafting new strategic and landscape plans, the College has enlisted the help of the architectural firm of Ayers/Saint/Gross of Baltimore to update the College's master plan for guiding the future development of campus buildings and grounds. A full draft of this initial plan will be available in April 2006 for community comment.

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