Science & Technology Commission
March 23, 1999
Attendees: Anita Jones (chair), John Bean, Suzanne Farnsworth, Ian Harrison,
John Herr, Jack Hudson, Stephanie Johnson, Karen Parshall, Sally Parsons, Dennis Proffitt,
Tom Skalak, Kevin Sullivan, Erik Hewlett (ex officio), Dick Sundberg (ex officio), Haydn
Wadley (ex officio). Staff: Denise Karaoli (VA 2020 project director), Amy Cronin (asst.
to the president), Peggy Reed (asst. to Anita Jones), Fariss Samarrai (University
Relations), Jeffrey Plank (director of corporate and foundation relations). Guests: Will
Falk, Audre Gvildys (Health Sciences Center strategic planning consultants).
Ms. Jones introduced Jeffrey Plank, who will serve as a resource for the commission on
matters related to external funding sources (i.e., non-state funds). A draft work plan for
the S&T Commission was distributed for members review. Ms. Jones presented the
preliminary work plan at a meeting with President Casteen and the vice presidents. The
plan covers the scope of the commissions work, models of excellence that will be
reviewed, quantitative data that will be developed to support the recommendations of the
commission, plans for opportunity analysis and development of implementation strategies,
and the need for a communications strategy.
Mr. Falk and Ms. Gvildys, representatives of CSC Healthcare, presented an overview of
the strategic planning process. They noted that the work they have done for U.Va. Health
Sciences assumes that we are operating in an environment of growth (i.e., increased
funding available, especially from NIH). They discussed the importance of distinguishing
between strategies (whether, how, and where to invest) and tactics (e.g., doing the basics
well, removing constraints).
Mr. Falk proposed a number of questions that must be raised in developing strategies:
- How to strike a balance between goal-oriented and serendipitous investments
- Where to make investments/where not to invest
- What are the links among missions, schools? How does the institution manage its
portfolio of activity (i.e., research vs. education vs. service)
- What are the cultural considerations that must be taken into account
In discussing tactics, Ms. Gvildys identified the following issues as critical: space
constraints, faculty recruitment, faculty productivity, assessing the performance of core
processes, and economics (i.e., can we afford it?).
- S&T Commission Work Plan
- Overview of Strategic Planning by HSC consultants
- Commission members to contact Ms. Jones re: task force assignment requests.
- Tuesday, April 6, 7:30-9:00 a.m., Newcomb Hall Room 389