Nexus - Spring 1999 Issue     

Strategic Planning Initiative Gets Under Way


A coordinating committee led by Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Frederick G. More has been appointed by Dean Alfano to prepare the framework and timetables for strategic planning for the College. In his charge to the committee, Dean Alfano said, "The plan must reflect our aspirations as a College in a manner that is achievable. The College must mirror the mission of New York University and the vision of President L. Jay Oliva for entry into the 21st century."

Committee members include Dr. Patrick L. Bivona, assistant director of CCAPA; Dr. John R. Calamia, professor of restorative and prosthodontic sciences; Dr. Robert M. Davidson, associate professor of basic sciences and surgical sciences; Ms. Jill Fernandez-Wilson, clinical assistant professor of growth and developmental sciences and director of pediatric outreach; Dr. Gary R. Goldstein, professor of restorative and prosthodontic sciences and director of the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics; Ms. Novella Jones, director of human resources; Dr. Jane A. McCutcheon, assistant professor of basic sciences; Dr. Paul A. Rosenberg, professor and chairman of the Dr. Ignatius N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics; Ms. Nancy Sandman, Class of 2000; and Professor Cheryl M. Westphal, assistant dean for allied health programs. The process is being facilitated by Dr. Robert Williams, president of Triangle Associates, a consulting firm with extensive involvement with health care institutions, dental schools, and others in the health care and health education community.

According to Associate Dean More, "Our goal is to facilitate the strategic planning process by developing the broad outlines of a plan that will articulate the College's educational, research, and patient care goals in the next millennium. We are working to define what we want to be, what direction we want to take, what kind of resources we want to allocate, and what our highest priorities will be. The committee members have reviewed resources, met with the consultant, and constructed an overall plan for assessing the College's strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities in the coming years. Ultimately, the strategic planning process will be a broad-based project that will involve virtually all of our faculty, students, and staff. In addition, since alumni serve as an important resource for gaining information, we are inviting alumni input and that of others in the dental community to assist us in the planning process." Recently, the College sent a Strategic Planning Questionnaire to a random sampling of alumni for their comments. If you would like to participate in the planning process, please contact Associate Dean Fred More at (212) 998-9906, or E-mail him at fgm1@is2.nyu.edu.