Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sustaining Excellence Steering Committee

The committee's charge:

"We should be proud of the substantial progress we’ve made since we launched strategic positioning in 2004—achieving higher graduation rates; improving student support; strengthening areas of academic priority; increasing research dollars and tech transfer; and implementing more effective and efficient administrative operations. But there are still key areas that require creative thinking and difficult decisions in order to achieve sustainable results and secure the University’s long-term future. Many issues have long been on the radar, including (but not limited to) the University’s academic quality and performance; its priorities with regard to education, research, and public engagement; its financial viability; the future of the Academic Health Center; and metrics and measures to assess our progress and impact. While it’s tempting to recast our plans in light of the economic downturn, the truth is that the challenges we face today—including diminished public support, changing demographics and state spending priorities, intense competition, and increased demand for public accountability and demonstrable results—were on the horizon when we began this transformation. The economic downturn has not created these challenges, but it has accelerated the timeframe in which we must react to the “new normal.”

To act on this renewed sense of urgency, I am charging a new Sustaining Excellence Steering Committee, consisting of several members of the Future Financial Resources Task Force plus additional all-University representatives, with overseeing the implementation of the recommendations of the task force and ensuring that the serious decisions that must be made in the coming months advance the University’s strategic plan, aspirational goals, and long-term best interests. I am asking each of you to serve on this committee, which I will convene approximately once a month."

Rusty Barceló, Vice President for Equity and Diversity
Kathy Brown, Vice President and Chief of Staff
Carol Carrier, Vice President for Human Resources
Steve Cawley, Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Frank Cerra, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences
Alison Davis-Blake, Dean, Carlson School of Management
John Finnegan, Dean, School of Public Health
Amber Peifer Fox, Senator, Council of Academic Professionals and
Karen Himle, Vice President for University Relations
Robert Jones, Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration
Gail Klatt, Associate Vice President for Audits
Kjell Knudsen, Dean, Labovitz School of Business and Economy, UMD
Kristi Kremers, President, Graduate and Professional Student Assembly
Stephen Lehmkuhle, Chancellor, University of Minnesota, Rochester
Russell Luepker, Professor, Epidemiology
Judith Martin, Program Director, Department of Geography
Tim Mulcahy, Vice President for Research
Kathleen O’Brien, Vice President for University Services
Richard Pfutzenreuter, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Peter Radcliffe, Director of Planning and Analysis
Steven Rosenstone, Vice President for Scholarly & Cultural Affairs
Paul Strain, President, Minnesota Student Association
Tom Sullivan, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost

"I still believe that our aspirational goal of becoming one of the top three public research university systems in the world can be achieved, but only if we act creatively, decisively, and quickly. I look forward to any additional feedback you may have on this model and strategy, which I began to share with the Board of Regents at its October meeting."

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