Magis’ current 2010-2013 Strategic Plan provides direction and five strategic priorities to move Magis forward organizationally. Magis grew significantly in its first five years and has continued to expand each year the number of alumni served and partnerships formed. The Magis staff and Advisory Board are currently in a strategic planning process and hope to complete the next 2013-2016 Strategic Plan by June 2013.
View the 2010-2013 Magis Strategic Plan.
In the Seattle University Strategic Plan 2000-2010: A Decade of Distinction, Seattle University set forth a commitment to graduates: Seattle University "will continue to develop and nurture a network of alumni who demonstrate through their community service and leadership the value of our educational mission and a commitment to lifelong learning." As a vital opportunity to fulfill this promise and to continue and reflect Seattle University's mission to educate "the whole person, to professional formation and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world", Magis: Alumni Living the Mission began its work in September 2006 within the Division of Mission & Ministry and closely aligned to Alumni Relations within University Advancement. Not only limited to Seattle University alumni, Magis began its work serving all alumni of any Jesuit university living in the Puget Sound region.
From its very beginnings, collaborative leadership permeated Magis. Its co-founders, Fr. Mike Bayard, SJ, '05 and Erin Swezey, '89, modeled shared leadership by co-directing Magis while establishing collaborative partnerships with existing programs, departments, faculty and other stakeholders within Seattle University as well as networking with local and regional Jesuit/Ignatian apostolates, such as: Spiritual Exercises in Every Day Life, Ignatian Spirituality Center, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, Portland's Jesuit Spirituality Center, and Oregon Province's Commission on Spiritual Formation.
Magis' founding vision seeks to serve as "the leaven" to develop further Seattle University's regional alumni groups as well as to explore collaborations among and between Jesuit alumni associations from other institutions. Magis wants to provide all alumni with a sense of connectedness and community while engaging them in habits of lifelong learning, leadership, and service in the Jesuit mission that they had immersed themselves in when as a student at their particular Jesuit university. Finally, Magis hopes to establish a replicable model for alumni faith, justice, and leadership at the other 28 AJCU schools.