College of Charleston President Andrew T. Hsu shared the following message with the campus community on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, regarding the new strategic plan:

Dear Campus Community, 

As we settle into the new year, I’m excited to provide an update on our 10-year strategic plan, Tradition and Transformation. 

This week, I sent invitations to a broad cross-section of our campus community asking individuals to serve on one of three steering committees tied to each of the plan’s three pillars. These steering committees will help drive the plan’s implementation. 

The pillars and their respective committee leaders are: 

  • Pillar 1: Student Experience and Success – Alicia Caudill, executive vice president for student affairs 
  • Pillar 2: Academic Distinction – Suzanne Austin, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost 
  • Pillar 3: Employee Experience and Success – John Loonan, executive vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer 

To provide more detail about the pillars, the committees and their charges, I invite the campus community to two upcoming virtual events.  

  • As part of CofC Day on January 28, we will officially kickoff the strategic plan’s implementation with a short program at 12 p.m. I will give brief remarks about the plan, and we will show an inspirational video, along with other great content celebrating CofC Day. 
  • On Friday, February 5 at 1 p.m., we will hold a Strategic Plan Forum for the campus community. This forum will include presentations from the three pillar leaders listed above. We will also answer questions about the plan from students, faculty and staff. Use this link to join the forum on the Teams Live Event platform. 

You can view an overview of the Strategic Plan at this link. To submit a question in advance of the Strategic Plan Forum (Friday, February 5, 2021), please send an email to 

And don’t worry if you are unable to attend these events live. Both events will be recorded and made available for viewing later.  

In closing, I want to express my appreciation to the many people across campus and our greater CofC community who have played a role in developing this plan and helping chart a course that will carry the College of Charleston to new heights of excellence and distinction. 



Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.
College of Charleston