Thorneloe Seeks Input on New Strategic Plan

September 22, 2015

Thorneloe University is currently developing its five-year Strategic Plan. Members of the public are invited to provide input by completing a brief survey at the following link:

Thorneloe University has offered programming in the humanities for more than 50 years. As a founding member of the Laurentian University Federation, on the campus of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Thorneloe is home to the departments of Classics and Ancient Studies, Theatre, Religious Studies, Women’s Studies, as well as academic programs in Motion Picture Arts and Theology. Thorneloe also operates a residence that accommodates 58 students as well as a chapel and a theatre.

“Laurentian is one of the most dynamic universities in Ontario, and Thorneloe is an integral part of the Laurentian experience,” says President Dr. Robert Derrenbacker. “At Thorneloe, students enjoy a smaller setting where professors and staff know them by name. Our graduates obtain a degree granted by Laurentian while experiencing a home-away-from-home learning environment. We think it’s a great relationship, one that is beneficial to both institutions.”

As part of its strategic planning process, Thorneloe University held a series of focus groups in the spring. “We want to grow and we want to ensure that our students continue to receive maximum benefit from our programs and facilities,” says Strategic Planning Committee Chair Dan Lessard. “We invite former and current students, faculty, staff, community partners and the general public to take a few minutes to complete our online survey. This important feedback will help shape Thorneloe’s future as a leader in learning in the liberal arts.”

Increasingly, other fields such as business and engineering are recognizing the value of liberal arts in developing well-rounded individuals who can think creatively, work in a team, communicate effectively, and problem solve. People taking programs and courses through Thorneloe are gaining essential skills for careers, for learning, and for life.

For more information about Thorneloe University visit For more information on Thorneloe University’s Strategic Plan and supporting documents, visit

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Media Contact:

Dr. Robert Derrenbacker, President, Thorneloe University
(705) 673-1730, ext. 101,

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