Message from the FVSU Strategic Planning 2020-2025 Co-Chairs


Greetings from the Strategic Planning Steering Committee.

We are privileged to serve as co-chairs of the committee. There’s no better time than now to be a part of the Wildcat Family. With the 125th Anniversary of Fort Valley State University upon us, we are celebrating a momentous time for jubilee and reflection of our history. As Georgia’s only 1890-land grant institution, a comprehensive institution within the University System of Georgia and a Historically Black College and University, Fort Valley State University continues to make strides.

In two of the past four years, Fort Valley State University has been ranked as the nation’s top producer of African-Americans in mathematics.   FVSU ranks third place in the state of Georgia in the number African Americans with bachelor’s degrees in engineering technologies and engineering-related majors. During this past decade, FVSU has been the top producer of African-Americans in the state of Georgia who go on to attend medical school. We are the host of Georgia’s only Veterinary Technology Program bachelor’s degree program. Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP) offers students the opportunity to obtain a STEM degree from FVSU and an engineering degree from one of five partnering institutions.

As a part of the university’s continued quest for excellence, we are embarking on a strategic planning process that will help guide our vision and trajectory through 2020-2025. President Jones has charged the Strategic Planning Steering Committee with leading this process, but the success of the process and quality of outcome requires our collective input. The process will be inclusive and transparent, and this website will be the avenue for dissemination of information and invitation for your input. At some point during the process, the Steering Committee will invite nominations for individuals to serve on critical strategic planning workgroups. We hope you will answer the call to serve.

Over the next few weeks, we will be convening focus groups, surveying the campus community, and calling on YOU to provide your input and recommendations. We need all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members to give feedback to generate a robust, inclusive, and mission-focused and forward-looking strategic plan that will benefit our campus for decades to come.  We are honored to assist in the process of combining innovative ideas with a mission- and vision-oriented guidelines. We believe the resulting strategic plan will continue to encourage and build on the strength and opportunities of Fort Valley State University for years to come.

The Strategic Planning Steering Committee members are proud to serve in this challenging endeavor of planning for the exciting future of Fort Valley State University. Your continued input into the strategic planning process through comments submission using the online open forum form will be invaluable. We invite you to visit this website often for information on continued progress and updates to the Fort Valley State University 2020 – 2025 strategic plan.


Dr. Olufunke Fontenot
Interim Chief of Staff
Office of the President
Co-Chair, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Dr. Felicia Jefferson
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Co-Chair, Strategic Planning Steering Committee