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A New Chapter: CALS Strategic Plan 2013

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CALS Strategic Planning

Dean Richard Linton leads the CALS strategic plan steering committee.

What will the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences look like in 10, 25, 50 years? This strategic planning initiative is designed to sketch a path to the future for the College. Through a series of listening sessions and other interactions with faculty, staff, students, friends and stakeholders, we developed an understanding of where the College is today along with a vision for where we want to be in the future. This process was intended to be inclusive and transparent. This web page is designed to keep you up-to-date about what’s going on with the initiative, and it will serve as an archive for what’s been accomplished so far. The page is updated frequently, so please check back and help us chart a path to the future. For more information, contact Dr. Marshall Stewart, at or 919-515-1681. For the latest updates, follow ncsu_cals on Twitter.

Our Envisioned Future – The CALS Strategic Plan (2013-2020) (PDF)

Dean Linton gave a CALS Update on June 17, 2013. The presentation covered many important and timely topics, and a much of the presentation concerned the results of the strategic planning process.

View Dean’s Linton’s June 17 presentation: Growing Our People, Programs and Partnerships Every Day

View Consultant Glenn Tecker discussing the importance of the CALS strategic planning effort.


  • February 18: Fifteen major themes or questions emerged from the listening sessions held across North Carolina. Various individuals, identified by their peers as key stakeholders, were then invited to discuss the 15 major themes at a recent work group meeting. View 15 major themes (PDF).
  • January 14: More than 300 people have participated in listening sessions so far, with more scheduled in weeks to come (see below). In addition, work group meetings are being scheduled. Read more (PDF).
  • January 9: Results from CALS Steering Committee Design Session, December 12, 2012, by Glenn Tecker of Tecker International
  • December 21: The CALS strategic planning process started December 11 with a steering committee design session and a department heads dialogue. Facilitated by Glenn Tecker of Tecker International, the purpose of the day was to develop the process design and timeline and start conversations regarding the College’s future direction. Read more (PDF).

Messages from Dean Linton

Listening sessions

  • January 7: McKimmon Center, N.C. State University Campus, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, 12-2 p.m. | photos | summary
  • January 7: N.C. Farm Bureau, 5301 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, 4-6 p.m. | photos | summary
  • January 10: McKimmon Center, N.C. State University Campus, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | photos | summary
  • January 10: Student session, AgriLife Council, Schaub Hall, N.C. State campus | summary
  • January 11: N.C. Biotechnology Center, 15 TW Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, 4-6 p.m. | photos | summary
  • January 24: Duplin County Extension Center,  165 Agriculture Drive, Kenansville, 8-10 a.m.| photos | summary
  • January 24: Vernon G. James Research and Extension Center, 207 Research Station Road, Plymouth, 4-6 p.m. | summary
  • February 6: Union County Extension Center, 3230-D Presson Road, Monroe, 8-10 a.m. | summary | photos
  • February 7: Iredell County Extension Center, 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville, 4-6 p.m. | summary | photos
  • February 8: Western North Carolina Ag Center, Virginia Boone Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher,  8-10 a.m. | summary | photos
  • February 8: Madison County Extension Center, 258 Carolina Lane, Marshall, 4-6 p.m. | summary | photos

Background reports

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