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Strategic Planning Process 
The NSF award was announced in August 2015. Guam EPSCoR leaders immediately initiated a series of meetings to scope out particulars of work plans, science coordination, and sensor networks.

In early September 2015, leaders of Guam EPSCoR were tasked with preparing spreadsheets of their activities, goals, metrics and risk mitigation plans in advance of the Guam EPSCoR Strategic Planning Meeting. In conjunction with the planning for the meeting, the Investigation Team began creating and developing a website to provide Guam EPSCoR information. A Steering Committee was formed, led by Governor Edward Baza Calvo and the University of Guam President Robert A. Underwood, representing the community and island leaders. Their first meeting was held at the Governor's Conference Room on August 19, 2015. 

The Strategic Planning Meeting was held August 26 - 27 in Tumon, Guam, at the Pacific Star Hotel and attended by the following stakeholders representing each of their organizations: 

University of Guam

President Dr. Robert A. Underwood 
AVP Dr. John A. Peterson (co-PI)
Dr. Terry J. Donaldson (PI)
Dr. Jason S. Biggs (co-PI)
Dr. Laura A.F. Biggs (co-PI)
Dr. Tim L. Righetti (CNA-Biology)
Dr. Daniel P. Lindstrom (CNAS-Biology)
Jerica Blas Santos (OSP)
Janet Dirige (OSP)
Michelle Aranda (Grants Specialist) 

Government of Guam 

Vincent Leon Guerrero (Special Assistant, Chief Education Advisor) on behalf of Governor Edward Baza Calvo

National Science Foundation 

Dr. Denise Barnes 
Dr. Sean Kennan


John Riordan 


Dr. John Knox 
Sara Bolduc

External Advisory Board Members 

Dr. Robert Richmond (present) 

Dr. Stephen Palumbi (via teleconference)
Dr. Lil Alessa (via Skype)

Hawai'i PacIOOS

Dr. Margaret McManus 
Chris Ostrander (via Skype)

The two-day meeting was managed by professional facilitator John Riordan and consisted of presentations of separate components of the project, breakout groups for researchers, administrators and outreach personnel, and multiple feedback sessions. Then, a draft strategic plan was prepared. Once all stakeholders had submitted their comments, edits and revisions, the plan was finalized and submitted to NSF on October 25, 2015.  


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