University Planning Committee

The University Planning Committee (UPC) is the body responsible for coordinating university-level assessment, planning, program review, and resource allocation processes. Its membership includes the president, the vice presidents, the provost (chair), the vice provost, each of the deans of the five schools, three faculty representatives, and other executives who manage key areas, such as the director of athletics and the dean of libraries. The UPC facilitates the annual process for considering tuition and housing rates; the annual budgeting process; reviewing the findings of academic and co-curricular program reviews, and articulating and monitoring strategic initiatives at the University level.

This site is designed to facilitate community input regarding UPC program reviews, budget priorities, and strategic planning by the committee. Community feedback is vital to the Committee's work – we hope that you will take some time to read and respond to the material posted on this site.

University Planning Committee Charter

View the UPC charter here

Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes

View UPC meeting agendas and minutes here

Committee Membership

  • James Gash, President
  • Rick Marrs, Provost, Chief Academic Officer, UPC chairperson
  • Gary Hanson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Sara Jackson, Chancellor
  • Tim Perrin, Senior Vice President for Strategic Implementation
  • Keith Hinkle, Senior Vice President for Advancement and Public Affairs
  • Jeff Pippin, Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer
  • Michael Feltner, Dean, Seaver College
  • Paul Caron, Dean, Caruso School of Law
  • Deryck van Rensburg, Dean, Graziadio Business School
  • Helen Williams, Dean, Graduate School of Education and Psychology
  • Pete Peterson, Dean, School of Public Policy
  • Connie Horton, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Mark Roosa, Dean of Libraries
  • Phil Phillips, Vice President for Administration and Chief Administrative Officer
  • Nicolle Taylor, Vice President and Chief Business Officer
  • Greg Ramirez, Chief Financial Officer
  • Lee Kats, Vice Provost 
  • Rick Gibson, Chief Marketing Officer, Vice President for Public Affairs & Church Relations
  • Steve Potts, Director of Athletics
  • Richard Cupp, Faculty Representative*
  • Darren Good, Faculty Representative*
  • Marilyn Misch, Faculty Representative*
  • June Schmieder-Ramirez, Faculty Representative* 
  • Michael Shires, Faculty Representative*

*Five faculty representatives are nominated by the University Faculty Council from across all schools and are appointed by the provost and president for staggered three-year terms (one new representative being appointed each fall).