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HSI's Strategic Planning

Hanley Sustainability Institute to hire four part-time leaders, focus on 10 goals identified in HSI’s new strategic plan


The Hanley Sustainability Institute will hire four part-time University of Dayton directors to oversee four strategic areas and help implement 10 goals named in HSI’s strategic planning initiative to confront today’s urgent global challenges.

Cincinnati-based non-profit Design Impact collaborated with HSI to gather input from a diverse group of more than 250 people. The initiative reflects the perspectives of students, faculty and staff at the University of Dayton and local partners in the greater Dayton region.

The strategic planning process took place from 2019-2021 and was prolonged but also influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic. This plan outlines four key strategic priorities to inspire and guide bold action. While HSI’s commitment to this work isn’t new (see HSI’s 2018-2020 impact report), this plan captures the renewed commitment and clarity for HSI’s future.

“This plan builds upon the work of generations of UD students before and after the founding of the Hanley Sustainability Institute,” said HSI Executive Director Ben McCall. “The exciting next step was to formulate a forward-looking plan, add directors to coordinate efforts and put the strategy into real action to meet these goals.”

The four priority areas identified during the planning process are: Developing leaders for a just future; Facilitating impactful research; Catalyzing institutional transformation; and engaging communities beyond campus.

The four directors, to be selected from current faculty and staff, will devote their HSI work time to planning and implementing their respective strategic areas. The institute also is announcing a call for expressions of interest from interested parties.

The four strategic areas and 10 goals are listed below:



 HSI, which was founded in 2014 with a major gift from George ’77 and Amanda Hanley, has strived to build on decades of student, faculty and staff efforts to become a leader in  sustainability.

"The HSI's strategic plan has been crafted through a highly inclusive, consultative process,” said University of Dayton Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Paul Benson. “The resulting plan is well conceived and powerful. It will provide valuable focus for the next exciting phase of the Institute's high-impact work across the plan's four themes."

As part of the strategic plan and inspired by Pope Francis’s call to integral ecology in On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’), HSI also developed the following vision and mission statements:


HSI Strategic Plan

This document includes the four strategic areas and 10 goals that will be the focus of HSI moving forward.

HSI Strategic Plan