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Thursday, October 13, 2011

UMD Strategic Planning

October 13, 2011

To: UMD Colleagues

From: Chancellor Lendley C. (Lynn) Black

Subject: UMD Strategic Planning

The Strategic Plan for the UMD campus was developed during the 2010-11 academic year, and we are beginning to implement that plan during the current year. More than 2,000 members of the UMD community participated in creating our plan last year. A broadly representative Steering Committee drafted the overall plan; the Campus Assembly strongly endorsed it; and I approved it in May of 2011. This plan provides focus and guidelines for our campus to move forward.

During the 2011-12 academic year, we will focus on implementing the plan to achieve our vision for UMD. Many activities have begun already. As examples, a Strategic Enrollment Management Council is meeting to identify undergraduate and graduate enrollment targets; efforts to develop a new Master Plan for facilities are beginning; and Sue Banovitz, our new Director of External Affairs, is leading an initiative to establish and communicate a consistent UMD "brand." Many other groups throughout campus are also contributing to the implementation process.

I will work with members of the Integrated Strategic Advisory Team (ISAT) to coordinate these many initiatives that will move us toward realizing the ambitious goals we have set out for ourselves. This group is meeting for the first time today, and you are encouraged to contact any of the ISAT members listed at the bottom of this message if you have ideas about implementing our plan.

Additional information about the planning process and our current activities can be found at the Strategic Planning website at http://www.d.umn.edu/chancellor/planning/. We welcome your comments on the planning website blog or by sending a message to umdplan@d.umn.edu. If you would like hard-copy versions of the Strategic Planning booklet, please contact Bob Borden in the Chancellor's Office at 218-726-7508 or at reborden@d.umn.edu.

We are dreaming big. Please join me as we reach toward a vision that will stretch us and help us become the premier institution we aspire to be.

2011-12 Integrated Strategic Advisory Team (ISAT)

Sue Banovetz, Director of External Affairs
Lendley Black, Chancellor
Rodger Brannan, Accounting, Athletics Committee
Chris Davila, Office of Cultural Diversity
Jason Davis, ITSS, Budget Committee
Lisa Erwin, Vice Chancellor for Student Life
Dennis Falk, Faculty Fellow for Strategic Planning
Mindy Granley, Sustainability Coordinator
Nik Hassan, LSBE
Ahmed Heikel, SCSE
Tom Isbell, Theater, SFA
Jill Jenson, Writing Studies, CLA
John King, Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations
Lucy Kragness, Chief of Staff to the Chancellor
Susan Maher, CLA Dean
Jackie Millslagle, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Penny Morton, Interim SCSE Dean
Hannah Mumm, Student Association President
Denise Osterholm, Physics
Adam Pine, Geography, Physical Facilities
Andrea Schokker, Civil Engineering, Educational Policy Committee
Dan Seguin, Facilities
Corbin Smyth, KSC, Student Affairs Committee
Bilin Tsai, Interim Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Rajiv Vaidyanathan, Marketing, LSBE
Bill Wade, Vice Chancellor for Advancement
Kay Wohlhuter, Education, CEHSP
Goldmee Xiong, Multicultural Council
Regina Zona, Executive Committee of the Campus Assembly