Message from the Dean

Message from the Dean

To: All School of Medicine faculty and staff
From: Dean Ganzel

As most of you know we recently completed the first phase of our comprehensive strategic planning effort. Four teams set out to develop a deep understanding of our current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and then used those findings as a basis for creating a set of recommendations to move our School forward into the 21st Century. I had the pleasure of reviewing the reports, findings, and recommendations from each of the four committees and was overwhelmed by the breadth, depth, and intellect of their work.

The four committees were aligned around core aspects of our School and included; 1) an Educational Committee; 2) Clinical Enterprise Committee; 3) a Research Committee; 4) a Community Engagement Committee. Each committee raised significant issues and challenges facing our school and outlined recommendations for addressing our most significant threats and for realizing our best opportunities for future success.

While the committees have put into motion our plan for the future our work is not done. There is more to do and we need to hear from each of you about your perspectives, thoughts, comments, reactions and suggestions to supplement the Committees’ work. To that end, I’d like to ask each of you to review the four Committee reports which are posted on the Dean’s website and make whatever comments you deem appropriate. For ease of collection and continuity I have asked our consulting partner, Excelcor, to establish a central repository to collect your individual views. Once collected, the comments will be shared with me and each Committee Chair for further discussion, and as appropriate, modification to the current set of recommendations. I’d like to ask you to provide your feedback no later than Friday, November 15, 2013. Please email your comments to Christopher Nickson at

Once we have received sufficient feedback on the Committee Reports, I will reconvene the Strategic Planning Steering Committee to surface any remaining issues and /or opportunities and then develop a set or prioritized initiatives to advance into our next phase of planning. The next phase of planning will be to develop detailed implementation plans. I will keep you informed of those critical next steps in the coming weeks.

Please join me in thanking and congratulating our colleagues who served on one or more of the Strategic Planning Committees for their tremendous contributions and for developing a dynamic set of recommendations for our collective future!

  1. Education Findings & Recommendations [PPTX]
  2. Clinical Findings and Recommendations [PPTX]
  3. Research Findings and Recommendations [PPTX]
  4. Community Engagement Findings and Recommendations [PPTX]
  5. Next Steps [PPTX]