In December 2007, President Walter Harrison appointed the Values Committee. The committee was charged with establishing a set of shared values that represents the University of Hartford community and with recommending ways to use these values to strengthen our collective sense of community. In announcing the committee, President Harrison expressed his desire that the set of shared values “will serve as the basis for everything we do as a teaching, learning, and research institution.”
The Values Committee began work in December 2007 and spent the remainder of the fall semester and much of early spring 2008 developing a strategy to engage the University community in conversation about our values. What followed was a series of community conversations that took place between April and December 2008 and involved both in-person (group meetings and open sessions) and electronic conversations. The committee estimated that at least 1,200 members of the University community participated.
The committee submitted "The Report of the Values Committee" to President Harrison in April 2009. It was presented to the Board of Regents in May.
President Harrison introduced our official Values Statement to the University community at the start of the fall 2009 semester and announced the Values Initiative. The slogan for this initiative is Committed to Community.
At that time he announced the appointment of Jane Horvath as senior advisor to the president to implement the recommendations contained in "The Report of the Values Committee." The work on the Values Initiative is ongoing.