A Quest for Leadership to examine priorities and needs

by Dennis Brown

The University of Notre Dame has launched a strategic planning process to determine its priorities and needs in coming years.p. Titled “Notre Dame 2010: A Quest for Leadership,” the planning process is led by a 13-member coordinating committee chaired by Notre Dame’s president, Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C. The committee has set the context and parameters for the planning process and, to assist in its work, has formed three subcommittees ? on the future in higher education, research priorities and challenges, and finance and fund raising.p. A separate subcommittee has been created to examine Notre Dame’s curriculum. Its recommendations will be presented to the Academic Council, which must approve any proposed curricular changes.p. “The goal of this strategic planning process is to examine the current state of the University and then identify the most appropriate and productive steps we should take in building toward the future,” Father Malloy said. “I am very pleased that so many of our most respected faculty have agreed to serve in leadership positions to that end, and I look forward to the contributions of other faculty members ? as well as students and staff ? as we collectively build the Notre Dame of tomorrow.”p. Faculty members who were elected to the coordinating committee from among the elected representatives of the Provost Advisory Council are Robert Bretz Jr., chair and Giovanini Professor of Management; Alexander Hahn, professor of mathematics; and Jay Tidmarsh, professor of law. Appointed faculty members are R. Scott Appleby, professor of history and John M. Regan Jr. Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; Joan Brennecke, professor of chemical engineering; Frances Hagopian, associate professor of government and international studies; and Naomi Meara, Nancy R. Dreux Professor of Psychology.p. Joining Father Malloy from among the officers of the University appointed to the coordinating committee are Nathan O. Hatch, provost and Andrew V. Tackes III Professor of History; Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., executive vice president and professor of government and international studies; Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., vice president for Student Affairs and associate professor of theology; John Affleck-Graves, vice president, associate provost, and Notre Dame Professor of Finance; and Scott C. Malpass, vice president for finance, chief investment officer, and concurrent assistant professor of finance and business economics.p. Malpass will chair the subcommittee on finance and fund raising. The other subcommittees and chairs are: on curriculum, Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., vice president, associate provost, and associate professor of philosophy; on research priorities and challenges, Jeffrey Kantor, vice president for graduate studies and research and professor of chemical engineering; and on the future in higher education, Carolyn Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College of Business and Ray and Milann Siegfried Professor of Management.p. The subcommittees are composed of 40 members of the faculty, staff and student body. They are:p. Curriculum ? Jay B. Brockman, associate professor of computer science and engineering; Eileen Kolman, dean of the First Year of Studies and concurrent assistant professor of mathematics; David M. Lodge, professor of biological sciences; Michael N. Lykoudis, associate chair and associate professor of architecture; Thomas F. Noble, professor of history and Robert Conway Director of the Medieval Institute; Melissa Ann Rauch, senior, Mendoza College of Business; Ann E. Tenbrunsel, associate professor of management; Catherine H. Zuckert, Nancy R. Dreux Professor of Government and International Studiesp. p. Future in higher education ?Gilberto Cardenas, assistant provost for international relations and diversity, director of the Institute for Latino Studies, and Julian Samora Professor of Latino Studies; Lisa C. Demidovich, junior, College of Arts and Letters; Eden R. Essex, senior, College of Arts and Letters; Holly E. Martin, associate professional specialist, First Year Composition Program, and concurrent assistant professor in the College of Arts and Letters; Muffet McGraw, head women’s basketball coach; James J. McKenna, chair and professor of anthropology; G. David Moss, assistant vice president for Student Affairs; John Copeland Nagle, professor of law; Robert C. Nelson, chair and professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering; Kathie E. Newman, associate dean of the College of Science and professor of physics; William Nichols, professor of accountancy; Rev. Hugh R. Page Jr., director of the Program of African and African-American Studies and associate professor of theology; Gordon Wishon, chief information officer and associate vice president, Office of Information Technologies; Jennifer A. Younger, Edward H. Arnold Director of University Librariesp. Finance and fund raising ? John Affleck-Graves, vice president, associate provost, and Notre Dame Professor of Finance; Ani Aprahamian, professor of physics; Keith Bradley, Eli J. Shaheen Professor of Classics; Gilberto Cardenas, assistant provost for international relations and diversity, director of the Institute for Latino Studies, and Julian Samora Professor of Latino Studies; Anthony Hyder, associate vice president for graduate studies and research and professor of physics; Frank Incropera, Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering and H. Clifford and Evelyn A. Brosey Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Roger Jacobs, associate dean for library and information services and professor of law; Joyce Johnstone, Jim and Colleen Ryan Director of ACE Educational Outreach; Daniel Reagan, associate vice president for University Relations and executive director of development; Tim Rippinger, director of development operations; John Sejdinaj, assistant vice president for finance and director of budgeting and planning; D. Katherine Spiess, associate professor of financep. p. Research priorities and challenges ? John G. Borkowski, Andrew J. McKenna Professor of Psychology; Edward J. Conlon, Edward F. Sorin Society Professor of Management; Christopher A. Fox, professor of English and director of the Keough Institute for Irish Studies; Peter M. Kogge, Ted H. McCourtney Professor of Computer Science and Engineering; Gary A. Lamberti, professor of biological sciences; Marya Lieberman, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Mark J. McCready, chair and professor of chemical engineering; Catherine Zuckert, Nancy R. Dreux Professor of Government and International Studiesp. p. The subcommittees are preparing reports that the colleges, schools, institutes, centers, departments and other major units of the University will use to discuss priorities and goals. In October, the colleges and other units will report to the coordinating committee, which then will prepare a final report that will be written by Father Malloy and delivered to the Board of Trustees in May 2003.p. The final “Quest for Leadership” report first will be submitted for the decennial accreditation of the University by the North Central Association of College and Schools and then become the blueprint for Notre Dame’s next capital campaign.p. The University’s most recent strategic planning process, titled the “Colloquy for the Year 2000,” led to the “Generations” capital campaign, which ended in December 2000. It was the most successful such effort in the history of Catholic higher education, raising $1.1 billion.

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