Message from the President

05/16/12

Dear colleagues and friends,

One year into the process, the University’s new strategic plan is a document of which we can all be proud, especially the hundreds of faculty, staff, and students from each of our seven schools who played a role in its formation. Whether it was participating in a work group, completing a questionnaire, attending a Town Hall, or being part of a focus group, you made your voices heard.

The resulting overarching document that will direct the University for the next five years and shape it for the next 10 is complete, but our work is not done. In fact, the implementation phase is just beginning.

Two-person leadership teams are being formed, comprised of a vice president or dean joining a strategic plan work group leader, to oversee each of the eight themes and four fundamental elements that make up the strategic plan.

The eight themes are:

  • Achieve pre-eminence as an innovator
  • Promote diversity and a culture of inclusion
  • Foster a culture of accountability and transparency
  • Excel at interdisciplinary research and interprofessional education, clinical care and practice, and public service
  • Develop local and global initiatives that address critical issues
  • Drive economic development
  • Create an enduring and responsible financial model for the University
  • Create a vibrant, dynamic University community

The four fundamental elements in the strategic plan are the need for:

  • Enhanced organizational structure for information technology
  • Improved two-way communication
  • Faculty and staff training
  • Government and external relations

The two leaders for each of the themes and fundamental elements will form teams to help prioritize the goals and tactics and establish a hierarchy of needs. The Office of Planning and Accountability, under University vice president and strategic plan co-chair Pete Gilbert, will be charged with leading and coordinating the implementation process. Progress will be monitored, with regular updates available on this website. We encourage you to continue to be a part of the process.

I offer my sincere thanks to the members of the planning committee co-chaired by Mr. Gilbert and Stephen T. Bartlett, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine, who have led the strategic plan to this point. And I thank all of you for your continuing support and interest in this important initiative.

Jay A. Perman, MD
President, University of Maryland, Baltimore