PLANNING PROGRESS REPORT
September 18, 1998
The discussion today at the All-University Planning Retreat will officially launch the
strategic planning process. So far, the work has been designing the process and garnering
advice from various persons within the University and without. The following notes are
intended to provide context for our work today and background for those who cannot join
us. Regular progress reports will come to you by e-mail. In addition, they will be
published on a web site that is under development.
The vice presidents, the deans, and many faculty members were asked for advice on
commission membership and leadership. Bob Chapel, professor of drama, has agreed to chair
the commission on the fine and performing arts. Chairs for the other three commissions
will be announced shortly.
Joseph Cronin, president emeritus of Bentley College, Elizabeth McDaniel, a senior
fellow with the American Council on Education, and Robert Rosenzweig, Stanford University
professor and former head of AAU, have provided advice for us as we begin this work.
Donald Kennedy, president emeritus of Stanford University and professor of environmental
sciences at Stanford joins us today as the opening speaker for the retreat.
Among other products, these consultants are providing introductory assessments of our
issues as means to stimulate discussion within the commissions and the larger community.
Ms. McDaniel has focused on international programs, and Mr. Cronin on public service and
outreach. Mr. Rosenzweig and Mr. Kennedy will be our primary advisors on the strategic
planning process, with an emphasis on the sciences and the arts. As papers become
available. they will be distributed to you and others in the University community.
As commission chairs are named, they will organize the membership of their commissions,
using the names you have suggested, and develop their work plans.
A project management team will provide logistical support and coordinate research,
communications, decision support, and analysis for the commissions. Team members are
Polley McClure, vice president and chief information officer; Robert Sweeney, vice
president for development; Louise Dudley, director of university relations; and Laurie
Kelsh, executive assistant to the president and chief of staff.
Denise Karaoli is the staff director for this project. She reports to Ms. Kelsh to
support the commissions and the overall planning process. Ms. Karaoli's office is in
Information about the planning process, including results from the retreat, is posted
regularly at this web site.