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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 Membership

  • Andrew Benton, President
  • Rick Marrs, Provost, Chief Academic Officer, UPC chairperson
  • Michael Adams, Chancellor
  • Gary Hanson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • 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, School of Law
  • Deryck van Rensburg, Dean, Graziadio School of Business and Management
  • Helen Williams, Dean, Graduate School of Education and Psychology
  • Pete Peterson, Dean, School of Public Policy
  • Mark Davis, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
  • Mark Roosa, Dean of Libraries
  • Phil Phillips, Vice President for Administration and Chief Administrative Officer
  • Paul Lasiter, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Lee Kats, Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives
  • Edna Powell, Chief Business Officer
  • Rick Gibson, Chief Marketing Officer, Vice President for Public Affairs & Church Relations
  • Steve Potts, Director of Athletics
  • Sandra Harrison, University Diversity Council Representative
  • Carol Chase, Faculty Representative* (2014-2017)
  • Barbara Ingram, Faculty Representative* (2016-2018 mid-term appointment)
  • Vacant, Faculty Representative* (2016-2019)

*Three 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).