Strategic planning begins with senior leadership workshop
On August 3, members of the Georgia Tech President's Cabinet, college deans, and leaders of our affiliated organizations met to take the first step in a strategic planning process for the Institute. Over the next twelve months, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of Georgia Tech will collaborate on a plan intended to take the Institute to the year 2035.
Prior to the workshop, leaders were asked to read "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell and to complete a detailed survey to collect their thoughts on key areas that should be included in Tech's envisioned state. To seed the planning process, Institute leaders produced initial descriptions of potential themes that they feel should be addressed as part of Georgia Tech's strategic plan.
The potential themes proposed at the August 3 meeting were discussed by a Steering Committee — a group of more than seventy faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members — that met on August 24. Each Steering Planning Committee member was also assigned to a subcommittee and help lead a larger campus-wide discussion of the themes in breakout sessions planned for September 3, following President Peterson's Investiture Ceremony. The results of these meetings will be used to finalize the list of strategic themes.
Any individual who is interested in participating in the planning process will be able to join planning teams to work together to develop a particular topic for inclusion in the final plan.
Facilitated discussions on individual themes will continue throughout the fall. Team reports will be submitted early in 2010, with final drafts anticipated in April 2010.
The Office of Organizational Development (OOD) will assist campus leaders and contributors from across the campus in developing the strategic plan. Further information on the process and how faculty and staff at all levels may contribute to the plan may be obtained by calling Chet Warzynski in OOD at 404-894-1099.