Strategic Plan Implementation: First Year (FY 2009)
September 15, 2009
To the University Community:
In May 2008, following two years of concerted efforts by the entire campus community, the University adopted a bold and ambitious new Strategic Plan, Transforming Maryland: Higher Expectations, which is intended to guide our course to the front ranks of world-class research universities. During a two-day retreat in the summer of 2008, the President, vice presidents, and deans agreed on an initial timetable for implementation of the Plan and developed first-year priorities. In Fall 2008, the first year of implementation began with vigor and determination and with the explicit intention of ensuring that all major decisions would reflect the centrality of the University's mission and be linked to the vision and goals of the Plan.
I am pleased to report on the outstanding accomplishments achieved during the first year of implementation of the Strategic Plan. Thanks to youour dedicated faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friendsgreat things are happening! A few highlights are listed below, but I encourage you to learn more by reading selections from the menu on the left.
Emboldened with new direction, the campus is alive with renewed energy. In every division, in every corner of the campus, throughout the State, and even across the nation, I have seen dedicated people working selflessly to achieve the ambitious goals of the Strategic Plan. Undeterred by the economic recession and severe budget cuts, the work has gone forward with unprecedented resolve and creativity.
I am profoundly grateful to you for investing your time and energy toward the common goal of making our University the very best it can be!
We are off to a great start, but the work has just begun. Transforming Maryland:Higher Expectations is a ten-year plan, and I look forward to a bright future as we continue this vital work together.
Please see the links on the left for a full description of year-one implementation activities.