Vision 2020 Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan Vision 2020 Truth and Charity logo

A Message from Our President

Dear Friends,

It is truly a beautiful time in Nashville, Tennessee and at Aquinas College! After five decades of serving the Greater Nashville community and beyond through a liberal arts education grounded in Catholic doctrine and promised to help all students progress into their next phase of life; we are ready to build higher on this strong foundation.

Sister Mary Sarah

This strategic plan, Vision 2020: Truth and Charity, is the first effort of its kind to truly bring all students, faculty, staff, alumni, board members, and friends of the College together for one mission. The process of developing this plan has been thorough, and the product is outstanding. We hope that you will agree that the plans, processes, and programs outlined in this document truly illustrate a vision for a stronger Aquinas College. The new Aquinas College will move forward with great respect for the past and tremendous excitement for the future.

Take a moment to explore the following pages and, as always, feel free to contact me any time. Of course, if you find yourself in the Nashville area, we hope that a stop by Aquinas College’s campus will be a part of your plans. Through your support, with your prayers, and thanks to your investment, I feel confident that we can meet and even exceed this grand vision. Join us!

God bless you,

Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, O.P.


Vision 2020

Aquinas College will be a nationally recognized Catholic college known for its distinctly Dominican approach to higher education.

Strategic Plan

Aquinas College is positioned for the next phase in its history of serving the Church and society. Vision 2020: Truth and Charity is the roadmap for our future, articulating our goals for the next six years. In the words of St. Paul, “now is the acceptable time” for Aquinas to advance its mission and significantly evolve as an institution (2 Corinthians 6:2).

We have identified four key areas for Aquinas College to pursue its mission as a Dominican and Catholic institution of higher education:

Strategic Area 1


Strategic Area 2

Student Experience

Strategic Area 3

Spiritual Life

Strategic Area 4

Stewardship & Operations

Guiding Principles and Documents

  • Four Pillars of Dominican Life: Prayer, Study, Community, Preaching/Service
  • Ex Corde Ecclesiae
  • A Dominican Philosophy of Education, Fr. Philip A. Smith, O.P.
    (anthologized in Behold the Heritage [Angelico Press, 2012])

Updated Aquinas College Mission and Core Principles


The Mission of Aquinas College is unchanging because Truth itself is unchanging. Taking inspiration from St. Dominic and St. Thomas Aquinas, the College exists to serve the Church by transforming lives for the Gospel of Christ.

Aquinas College is a Catholic community of learning in the Dominican Tradition with Christ at its center. The College directs all its efforts to the intellectual, moral, spiritual, and professional formation of the human person in wisdom. Students are formed individually and in Christian community so that the harmonious integration between faith and reason can permeate every dimension of their lives. Immersed in exploring the relationship between human civilization and the message of salvation, the College community embraces the Dominican imperative to preach the Gospel, serve others, and engage culture in truth and charity.

Core Principles

Derived from the Catholic and Dominican moral and intellectual tradition, our core principles are:

  • The dignity, freedom, and flourishing of every human person as made in God’s image
  • The complementarity of faith and reason as the basis for academic community
  • The prudent stewardship of God’s individual and communal gifts