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2021-2022 Members

Faculty Representatives

  • Dr. Scott Chirhart
  • Dr. Chad Fulwider
  • Prof. Jessica Hawkins

Staff Representatives

  • Dr. Katie Bearden
  • Ms. Katie Chopin
  • Ms. Lauren Hawkins

Chair of the Economic Policy Committee

  • TBD

Student Representatives

  • Ms. Arden Miller (Humanities Division)
  • Ms. Gracie Napier (Natural Sciences Division)
  • Ms. Audrey Laper (Social Sciences Division)

Board of Trustees

  • Reverend Carol Borne Spencer

Convener and Provost & Dean of the College

  • Dr. Karen Soul

Purposes and Responsibilities

The Planning Committee will be a representative body of the faculty, administration, student body, and Board of Trustees responsible for providing direction to the College. To this end, they will periodically review and update the goals of the College and assess college operations to determine if it is consistent with the College's goals. This group will also be responsible for maintaining and updating a strategic plan for the College. Since planning, to be effective, must receive input from all facets of college life, this committee is expected to maintain close ties to the Faculty Coordinating Council, the Planning & Policy Advisory Council, and the Student Government Association. The Planning Committee is also expected to work closely with the Economic Policy Committee to ensure implementation of the College's long-range plans. The recommendation of the committee will go to the President of the College.


The Planning Committee will be composed of eleven members:

  • Three members of the administration, appointed by the President;
  • a Board member;
  • three faculty members recommended by the Faculty Coordinating Council, and appointed by the President;
  • the chair of the Economic Policy Committee; and
  • three student members appointed by the Student Government Association and appointed by the President.

The faculty members will serve three-year staggered terms, with each division having a representative. The student members will serve one-year terms, with each member from a different division.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy As To Students The institution does not discriminate in its educational and employment policies against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or on any other basis proscribed by federal, state, or local law.