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UWF launches new 2022-2027 Strategic Plan

The University of West Florida reached an important milestone as the Florida State University System Board of Governors unanimously approved UWF’s new five-year strategic plan at their September meeting.

The strategic plan maps out UWF’s institutional mission, president’s vision and strategic directions, goals and indicators of success through 2027. The Board of Governors’ approval is the culmination of an extensive process that included outreach to many stakeholder groups, including faculty, students, staff, alumni, business and community leaders throughout Northwest Florida and the state.

“UWF’s strategic plan is a clear and measurable blueprint for success not only for the University, but also for the region and the state,” said UWF President Martha D. Saunders. “Our plan addresses issues like meeting the need for superior talent in high-demand professions and developing innovation for local industry. That’s why input from community leaders and business executives was an essential part of the plan development.”

The plan aims to strengthen UWF’s culture of inclusion and civility and advance its commitment to research and community engagement while positioning the University as a catalyst for economic growth. It creates a blueprint for even greater impact through other key areas including student-centered and focused goals, academic programs and scholarships, employee success, operational excellence and infrastructure growth. 

“The impressive accomplishments of UWF thus far are a source of pride for everyone impacted by the University — and we are just getting started,” Saunders said. “Guided by the strategic plan, our aspirations for the future are realistically within reach.”

For more information and to view the full 2022-2027 Strategic Plan, visit