We are taking the important first steps to launch the Strategic Action Framework process in which the College will engage over the next five months. The Warren Wilson College community must come together with a singular purpose: to ensure a future for our College and in so doing contribute to a better future for all. This is the foundation for further thought and collaboration.

The Board of Trustees, President Damián J. Fernández, and faculty and executive leadership have reviewed recent reports and studies about the higher education landscape, the College’s academic and co-curricular strengths, enrollment pressures and campus needs. This review was conducted in the context of the College’s mission:

Warren Wilson College’s distinctive approach to education intentionally integrates academics, work, and community engagement to cultivate curiosity, empathy, and integrity. We empower graduates to pursue meaningful careers and lead purposeful lives dedicated to a just, equitable, and sustainable world.

Our overall goal of the Strategic Action Framework process is the renewal of the College. The process will call for all of your involvement, creativity, and imagination as we craft the right road map for our future. Together we will create a Strategic Action Framework that will rebalance the College by realigning programs and enrollment with a sustainable business model while launching new non-tuition revenue-generating ventures. Ours will not be a traditional, ordinary Strategic Plan, but rather one that establishes a shared vision and a set of actions to get us there.

We anticipate that the Strategic Action Framework will focus on three priorities:

  1. Recovery: Taking the first steps toward financial sustainability and designing new approaches to generating resources for faculty, staff, and students to thrive.
  2. Rebalancing: Invigorating our academic portfolio, enhancing our distinctive excellence, growing enrollment, and investing in critical areas for renewal.
  3. Renewal: Advancing student success and ensuring our future.

The Strategic Action Committee welcomes your feedback. 

Feedback Form

Email: [email protected]

Visioning Session Summaries

Survey Results

Land Consideration Feedback

See a folder of all the email communications that have been sent to students, faculty and staff throughout this process.

Steering Committee

The ESC meets weekly to plan and organize the overall strategic action framework process. The ESC will focus on organizing the research, data collection and interpretation, community feedback, and strategic thinking to develop the plan to recover, rebalance, and renew Warren Wilson. The committee will also focus on strategic communications and the overall engagement process with the College community. All recommendations will be developed by the ESC for deliberation and prioritization before presentation to the Cabinet and the Board of Trustees for approval.


  • Damián Fernández, President
  • Jay Roberts, Provost
  • Mary Bates, Director of Communications
  • Valerie Gliem, VP for Institutional Advancement, Marketing, and Strategic Communications
  • Bob Nesmith, VP for Enrollment
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The SAC meets bi-weekly to discuss progress and feedback related to the strategic action process. Composed of representatives from across the institution, the committee will receive regular updates, discuss possibilities, and provide feedback as the College considers how best to recover, rebalance, and renew the College. Members of the SAC will be responsible for sharing out regular updates of appropriate information to community constituents including faculty, staff, students, and alumni.


  • Damián Fernández, President
  • Jay Roberts, Provost


  • Martha Knight-Oakley (faculty)
  • Jeff Keith (faculty)
  • Bruce Hills (staff)
  • Sonce Reece (staff)
  • Miciah Yehudah (Cabinet)
  • Vice President of Finance and Administration (Cabinet- TBD)
  • Rosemary Thurber (student) 
  • Diamond Slone Couch (Special Assistant to President)

It is important to note that we are not starting from scratch. We are grateful that there has been so much good work done to-date that gives us a strong foundation on which to build. We plan to utilize past efforts as we draft the Strategic Action Framework and move Warren Wilson College into the future. Some of those previous efforts include: