Future of Waterman Task Force Update

The Future of Waterman Task Force wants to thank everyone who has participated in listening sessions so far, and encourages faculty, staff, and students to continue to provide input.

The task force is charged with leading efforts to develop a comprehensive vision for Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory, a physical master plan (working with our partners in Physical Planning and Real Estate), and a proposed governance structure.

So far, more than 100 faculty, staff, and students have shared more than 5,000 pieces of input during five internal listening sessions.

If you weren’t able to attend a listening session, the task force will be gathering input through May 11 and encourages you to participate in one of these ways:

  • Reach out to a current task force member with your thoughts
  • Send an email to John Foltz or Graham Cochran, co-chairs of the task force, with your thoughts
  • Join us at our Wooster listening session, May 10, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Skou Hall 206. Click here to register.

The team needs to hear from you quickly, because they will be using the information to work towards a vision during a May 16 meeting.

Besides the listening sessions with faculty, staff, and students, listening sessions with Waterman residents and with commodity groups were held.

Additional one-on-one interviews are underway with other stakeholders. The task force has divided into three subgroups, each charged to gather input from specific audiences. Group A is working with industry, donors, and producers; Group B with the media, government, and the local neighborhood; and Group C with students, the college, and the university.

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