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In November 2023, University Liggett School launched a 10-month, community-wide process to shape the future of our school through a four-part process focused on the foundational elements of our community:

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Building Our Future Together - Timeline for Our Work

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When our work is complete, we will have affirmed our most central beliefs, clarified the fundamental reasons for the school’s existence, established where our journey will lead in the years ahead, and developed the road map to complete our journey.

Community Updates

Click video above to watch our Strategic Planning survey results.

Register to attend Community Visioning Day

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Join us for Community Visioning Day at University Liggett School on Saturday, April 27th. Let’s unite as a community to shape our future vision and strategic objectives. Click the link below for more details and to indicate your interest in attending. We eagerly anticipate your potential participation!

Click here to register for Community Visioning Day >

Previous Updates

Click the video above to hear our Mission Statement announcement.

Click the video above to watch an introduction to Our Vision. Our Future. 

Core Values



We believe that a community grounded in trust, belonging, and safety unites us, secure in the shared understanding that we are stronger together. We advance community by honoring our past, embracing that which we have in common, and celebrating the unique talents we each possess.




We believe that integrity is the cornerstone of our community and lives. We aspire to develop responsible citizens who are prepared to face the challenges of the future with steadfast character and a commitment to ethical decision-making. 







We believe that respect is an essential thread of the fabric of our community, creating an indispensable bond in our relationships with each other and the school. We aspire to ground our thoughts, words, and actions in a culture of respect, strengthening our appreciation for each other, for those who have come before us, for those who will follow in our footsteps, and for the diverse array of perspectives that thrive at University Liggett School.



We believe the pursuit of excellence is the foundation of our educational community. In that spirit, our academics, programs, and experiences prepare students to be lifelong learners who impact the world for the better.







We believe empathy is vital for our collective commitment to humanity and our unwavering pursuit of excellence. Community members consistently embody empathy through the practices of inclusion, kindness, compassion, and equity, thereby affirming the dignity of every human being.


Core Values Week

Trustees, faculty, staff, administrators, students, and parent leaders had an opportunity to complete our Core Values exercise to clarify our core community beliefs. 

Strategic Planning Committee

The Board of Trustees consulted with ULS community leaders to identify 17 individuals to serve on the Strategic Planning Committee. These individuals represent trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni who will work together under the guidance of the Board to lead our strategic planning process. They bring a variety of skills, backgrounds, and perspectives to our work, which they will undertake on behalf of, and through the inclusion of, the entire ULS community.

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Top row, from left: Michelle Cureton, Jennifer Dickey, Paul Duhaime, Kelley Hamilton, Adam Hellebuyck, and Chris Hemler
Middle row, from left: Elizabeth Jamett, Mandy Johnson, Maureen Juip, Gretchen Knoell, and David Nicholson
Bottom row, from left: Jennie Osman, Joan Primo '77, Paul Rossi, Tom Sheppard, Tony Smith, and Leython Williams '03

Center for Strategic Planning

We have retained Christina Drouin, founder and executive director of the Center for Strategic Planning, to partner with us throughout this process. Drouin is a national leader in the field of independent school strategic planning and contributor to a book published by the National Association of Independent Schools titled, "The Strategic Process: 10 Steps for Planning Your Independent School’s Future."