Our strategic plan, Reimagining Public Service, represents the steps we will take in the next five years toward our vision of thriving regions and communities shaped by informed, innovative, and inclusive civic leaders. The plan outlines how we will extend the University’s public service impact through researchers, faculty, students, and our partners in communities across the Commonwealth.




Through this five-year plan, the Weldon Cooper Center aims to build on our historical strengths, while joining forces with the increasingly diverse group of stakeholders and leaders working diligently to improve public life in Virginia and beyond.

The plan consists of four goals:

  • Leverage and build upon our nationally-recognized research expertise in service to communities in the Commonwealth and the nation
  • Build the capacity of public leaders to apply research and engage their constituents in fostering empowered and equitable communities
  • Develop the next generation of leaders by providing students opportunities for engagement in public service
  • Enhance Center operations and realize the full range of talents among our staff to maximize our capacity to serve


View the Plan