FAITH IN THE FUTURE | The Strategic Plan for Saint Anselm College

"The future of Saint Anselm College is bright, but not without challenges. We must recognize our place among some of the best liberal arts college in the country and see our potential to be greater than ever before. We must come together as one community, with a common vision. We must be creative in building new paradigms for learning that are appropriate in today's environment."

Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo
Presidential Installation, October 18, 2013

A Clear Vision

The pace and complexity of change in our contemporary world demand that our colleges and universities educate future generations of leaders and professionals who are well equipped to confront new and unforeseen challenges with the agility, insight, creativity, and confidence that will be demanded of them.

aith in the Future: The Strategic Plan for Saint Anselm College demonstrates our common commitment to the purpose that the world needs more Anselmians, and to our students’ promise and possibilities.Five Strategic Themes

There is no better time for our Saint Anselm community to chart our college’s next epoch of achievement. Our institutional strategies and goals are encompassed along five interrelated themes:

Forge Liberal and Professional Learning

Anselmians achieve a full range of professional, civic, and personal endeavors because they are educated in the Benedictine tradition, one that integrates liberal learning with professional knowledge and mastery. Our Faith in the Future Strategic Plan strengthens our commitment

to liberal and professional learning through initiatives that expand cross-disciplinary and special-interest learning and the application of that learning in professional settings. Significant investment in best-in-class teaching and learning will ensure the ongoing excellence of Anselmian education.

Encourage Discovery, Seek Understanding

Anselmian graduates, students, and faculty are driven by their persistent curiosity; their openness to new ideas, experiences, and cultures; and their willingness to tackle and master change. These are the same characteristics that distinguish the Benedictine principles of liberal learning and the Catholic intellectual tradition, which call Anselmians toward an ever-expanding investigation, discovery, and understanding of God, themselves, and the world around them.

Faith in the Future applies these Benedictine principles to the contemporary world by enhancing opportunities for interdisciplinary and global discovery and elevating Saint Anselm as a leading Catholic liberal arts college for faculty-mentored undergraduate research. Under our plan, we will endow new academic chairs to attract world-class faculty who are committed to and excel in cross-disciplinary and student-directed learning and research.

Foster Hospitality and Cultivate Community

The importance of community is a central theme of the Rule of Saint Benedict and of the principles of Benedictine liberal learning. These traditions and teachings affirm that each of us grows intellectually and progresses spiritually in community with others. The stability found in community instills the confidence to explore, take risks, assimilate new knowledge, learn from failure, and collaborate meaningfully with others. Moreover, the Benedictine call for hospitality encourages us to invite into our Anselmian community students richly representative of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and demographics—in the words of the Rule, “Let everyone that comes be received as Christ.” Community, hospitality, and diversity are central strategic themes of Faith in the Future to be pursued according to these initiatives.

Nourish Reflection and Inspire Action

Anselmians achieve lives of significance—in their professions, workplaces, communities, and families—because they are guided by the Benedictine admonition to balance Ora et Labora—prayer and labor, reflection and action. At a time when many of our business, civic, and professional institutions lack ethical orientation, Anselmians offer not only exceptional professional talents and expertise but also necessary moral direction and leadership. Our Faith in the Future Strategic Plan includes general initiatives to deepen our students’ capabilities for reflection, self-understanding, and spirituality and to broaden their opportunities for worship and service. Moreover, initiatives specifically related to our preeminent New Hampshire Institute of Politics and a new Center for Ethics in Business and Governance will enable our students and faculty to study, research, and practice civic and ethical responsibility in politics, business, and the professions.

Extend Anselmian Mission, Impact, and Identity

Anselmians are marked by the Benedictine call to openness to fully engaged living and by the mandate of stewardship of the resources entrusted to us. This call of openness and stewardship animates initiatives in Faith in the Future that will extend the impact of Benedictine liberal learning through new academic programs, new learning methods, and new populations of students.

Faith in the FutureTogether, these five primary themes sustain Saint Anselm College’s course of growth, deepening our Benedictine mission and tradition while extending our service, reach, and influence. They represent the best in strategic thinking, providing sure direction yet encouraging new insights and initiatives to emerge as we execute our plan.

Saint Anselm has emerged as a preeminent Catholic Benedictine college, and Anselmians are recognized nationally as leaders in their professions, communities, and civic life. Faith in the Future clearly maps the next stage of our remarkable development and invites all Anselmians to join in an extraordinary journey into our next 125 years.


The Strategic Planning Program

Saint Anselm College’s strategic planning program engaged members across our learning community and external stakeholders in an examination of the key college objectives for the next three to five years.

The strategic planning program was conducted through these major milestones:

  • Spring 2014: Cabinet meeting kickoff
  • Summer 2014: Internal environmental scan and identification of the college’s key needs
  • Fall 2014: Grouping of the college’s needs in terms of achieving academic excellence, enhancing the student experience, enriching a thriving community, and raising our profile
  • Winter 2014-15: Testing of need areas with the Board of Trustees and other key constituents
  • Spring and Fall 2015: Elaboration of the academic plan
  • Winter 2015-16: Presentation of key strategic initiatives to the Board of Trustees
  • Spring 2016: Costing and prioritization
  • Fall, Winter, Spring 2016-17: Final review and adoption of the Strategic Plan by the Board of Trustees


Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.

Harry E. Dumay, Ph.D.
SVP Finance and CFO

James F. Flanagan
SVP Advancement

Br. Isaac Murphy, O.S.B., Ph.D.
VP Academic Affairs

Michelle A. O’Regan
Ex. Dir. Communications and Marketing


Mark Cronin, Ph.D.
Dean of the College- Co-Chair

Christine Gustafson, Ph.D.
Associate Dean- Co-Chair

Derk Wierda, Ph.D. (Chemistry)

Hugh Dubrulle, Ph.D. (History)

Maureen O’Reilly, Ph.D., R.N. (Nursing)

Max J. Latona, Ph.D. (Philosophy)

Peter Cordella, Ph.D. (Criminal Justice)

Stephen Shea, Ph.D. (Math)

Tauna Sisco, Ph.D. (Sociology)


Harry E. Dumay, Ph.D.
SVP Finance and CFO- Chair

Eric Nichols
VP Enrollment Management and Dean of Admission

Ahida Pilarski, Ph.D.
Special Assistant to the President

Renee Crawford
Ex. Dir. Budget and Planning


Joseph Horton, Ed.D.
VP Student Affairs- Chair

Alicia Finn, Ph.D.
Dean of Students

Eric Nichols
VP Enrollment Management and Dean of Admission


Patricia R. Shuster
VP HR and Administration- Chair

James F. Flanagan
SVP Advancement

Eric Nichols
VP Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions

Neil Levesque
Ex. Dir. NHIOP, Special Assistant to the President

Michelle A. O’Regan
Ex. Dir. Communications and Marketing