139: Taking Risks, Releasing Control, and Strategic Planning with Valparaiso U. President Mark Heckler

Listen to Mark Heckler on Navigating Change The Education Podcast

“I never used the words ‘strategic planning’…”

Mark Heckler has served as president of Valparaiso University since 2008. In his tenure so far, the institution has achieved some notable wins: expanded facilities, expanded academic programs and a five-year campaign achieving the largest fundraising goal ever achieved by a Lutheran University. Today, Dr. Heckler is overseeing the implementation of the most expansive and comprehensive strategic plan in the university’s 150-year history. He joins us on the show to talk about the planning process employed at Valparaiso, and how he and his team created a framework for crafting the next chapter of the institution with an eye toward inclusivity and diversity of perspective.

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