Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your continued interest and engagement in our University’s Strategic Planning process. I would like to update you on the current status of our planning process and our next steps.

Tom Lewis ’74, ’76 M.S., ’05 Hon., University of New Haven alumnus and former member of the Board of Governors, has offered to volunteer his time as an external facilitator and consultant for our strategic planning process. Tom, who is the former CEO of Ameritrade and served during the Reagan administration as Chief Technology Officer for the White House, has a distinguished career in business leadership and change management. Tom is engaging us in his consultancy to use design thinking and ideation to identify key strategic initiatives for the University in the next 3-5 years.

As part of this effort, we have expanded our participants in the Strategic Planning process to include 15 additional faculty and staff who will take part in Tom’s strategic planning process during the next month. They include:

  • Bruno Barreto de Góes, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Management
  • Monique Bolt, Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Campus Visit Experience, Undergraduate Admissions
  • Maria-Isabel Carnasciali, Assistant Provost for Program Assessment & Effectiveness; Chair, Department of Engineering & Applied Science Education; Tenured Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Guy-Serge Emmanuel, Coordinator, Graphic Design; Tenure Track Assistant Professor
  • Alexandra Guzman, Chair, Psychology & Sociology; Tenured Associate Professor, Psychology; President, Faculty Senate
  • Erica Haskell, Associate Dean for Assessment & Student Affairs; Chair, Division of Performing Arts; Oskar Schindler Humanities Endowed Professor; Tenured Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology
  • Tiffany Hesser, Assistant Provost for Advising & Retention; Distinguished Lecturer, Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
  • Leah Hartman, Coordinator, Finance; Non Tenure-Track Lecturer
  • Brooke Kammrath, Tenured Associate Professor, Forensic Science
  • Shaily Menon, Incoming Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Steve Morin, Vice President for University Advancement
  • Martin O’Connor, Assistant Chair, Criminal Justice; Non Tenure-Track Associate Professor, Fire Science and Emergency Management
  • Marcus Paca, Assistant Director, Employer Relations, Career Development Center
  • Sue Pranulis, Executive Director of Marketing & Communications
  • Alvin Tran, Assistant Provost, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Health Administration and Policy

While this activity is underway, we also continue to ask for your input. Transformational strategic initiative ideas can be submitted anonymously on the Strategic Planning website. As strategic initiatives are identified, the Steering Committee will share these with the University community on our website and ask for feedback. In addition, I will be holding a town hall meeting in mid-May for an update and Q&A session.

Thank you again for your commitment to this important initiative.

With best wishes,

Steven Kaplan, Ph.D.
University President