Vision 2025

In commemorating Park’s 150th anniversary, our university community recommits itself to our founding principle of providing educational access while expressing a shared vision that will guide us to 2025 and beyond.

We recognize that our world, nation, and higher education have changed dramatically. Vision 2025 reflects a university steadfastly committed to reaching and teaching students where they are, building bridges with partner institutions and organizations, and preserving financial stability. Park’s mission remains firmly at our core.

Park University Vision 2025 core values

Priorities and Objectives

Priority 1: People and Culture (Priority Owner: Chief Strategic Communications Officer Erik Bergrud)

  • Foster Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB)
  • Communicate with Clarity and Transparency
  • Cultivate Employee Satisfaction and Engagement

Priority 1: Strategic Impact Group

  • Thomas Ayres, Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Brad Biles, Director of Communications and Public Relations
  • Karie Fields, Human Resources Administrator
  • Toni Ford, Associate Professor of Marketing
  • Adrian James, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Management
  • Rich Kelleher, Independence (Mo.) Campus Center Director
  • Andrea Lee, Associate Professor of Fine Art and Faculty Senate President
  • Mike Swoboda, Assistant Teaching Professor of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Whitney Vaughn, Downtown Kansas City (Mo.) and Lenexa (Kan.) Campus Center Director
  • Kevin Vicker, Senior Director, International Education

Priority 2: Growth and Enrollment (Priority Owner: Chief Enrollment Management Officer Kena Wolf)

  • Expand Military Enrollment and Enhance Services
  • Launch and Grow Strategic Alliance Relationships
  • Stabilize and Position for Traditional Student Growth

Priority 2 Strategic Impact Group

  • Lucia Cunningham, Return of Title IV Specialist
  • Josey Jenkins, FE Warren AFB (Wyo.) Campus Center Director
  • Melissa Johnson, Assistant Director, Academic Compliance
  • Matthew Kilday, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Rebecca Kudrna, Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Tonya Robbins, Director, Residence Life
  • Katie Slaughter, Assistant Director, Student Success
  • Kristen Whiteley, Assistant Professor of Accounting
  • Jennifer Whitley, Assistant Teaching Professor of Mathematics

Priority 3: Infrastructure and Platform (Priority Owner: Vice President of Finance and Administration and CFO Mike Beach)

  • Leverage Technology with Adaptive Tools
  • Develop Facilities Master Plan for Gilbert Campus
  • Develop Facilities Master Plan for Parkville Campus

Priority 3 Strategic Impact Group

  • Dana Autry, Senior Director, Adjunct Faculty Support and Engagement
  • Wen Hsin, Professor of Computer Science
  • Gulmira Isomadinova, Military and Veteran Funding Analyst
  • Elaina Michalski, Assistant Teaching Professor of Fine Art
  • Cindy Otts, Registrar
  • Linda Pickett, Academic Evaluator
  • Greg Plumb, Professor of Criminal Justice
  • Cynthia Tafoya, Austin (Tex.) Campus Center Director
  • Wade Tripp, System Administrator
  • Sue Wilcox, Associate Vice President, Strategic Delivery

Priority 4: Academics and Innovation (Priority Owner: Provost Michelle Myers)

  • Identify New Program Growth Opportunities
  • Expand Current Program Offerings to Online and/or Civilian Campus Centers
  • Create Credit for Experience Pathways
  • Improve Student Persistence and Completion
  • Identify Textbook/In-course Educational Resources Cost Reduction

Priority 4 Strategic Impact Group

  • Ashley Bloodgood, Assistant Teaching Professor of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Stacy Johnson, Assistant Registrar
  • Steve Fenske, Coordinator of Academic Advising
  • Lacey Finley, Associate Professor of Management 
  • Misty Hudson, LMS Support Administrator
  • Patty Mitschke, Area Director
  • Joshua Mugg, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  • Christy Myers, Academic Lead and Articulation Officer

Priority 5: Fundraising and Support (Priority Owner: Chief Advancement Officer Nathan Marticke)

  • Develop 150th Anniversary and Comprehensive Campaign
  • Showcase International Center for Music

Priority 5 Strategic Impact Group

  • Madison Graham, Regional Director
  • Scott Hageman, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Geology
  • Matt Harris, Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Danielle Theiss, Assistant Professor & Director of Library, Academic, and Career Success Services
  • Ashlyn Weber, Associate Director, Research and Initiatives, George S. Robb Centre for the Study of the Great War
  • Tim Westcott, Associate Professor and Director, George S. Robb Centre for the Study of the Great War
  • Ami Wisdom, Compliance Coordinator and Assistant Secretary, Board of Trustees

Priority 6: Finance and Liquidity (Priority Owner: Vice President of Finance and Administration and CFO Mike Beach)

  • Deliver a Balanced Budget and Sustainable Reserves
  • Increase Revenue through Strategic Partnerships, Joint Ventures and M&A
  • Increase Access to Public and Private Grants
  • Strategically Manage Non-Core Assets and Investments

Priority 6 Strategic Impact Group

  • Mike Bishop, Senior System Administrator
  • Greg Claycomb, Professor of Chemistry and Faculty Federation President
  • Scott Fergerson, Chief Business Officer
  • Kristin Gillette, Director of Athletics, Parkville Campus
  • Patrick Halfhill, Controller
  • Kevin Martineau, Senior Director, Facilities and Operations
  • Erin Stocking, Administrative Process and Operations Specialist
  • Barbara Wahlman, Finance and Administrative Specialist, Gilbert (Ariz.) Campus

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Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.