Strategic Plan

A Message from Dean Ray C. Williams

I am delighted to present the Ten Year Strategic Plan for the School of Dental Medicine-- a plan that represents the vision of a phenomenal group of individuals who came together and worked hard during the past 15 months to move this process forward. I sincerely thank all of those who have helped formulate this dynamic plan.

The process of developing the Strategic Plan started in November 2009 when the school of Dental Medicine formed a steering committee to initiate and oversee the planning process. Maureen Burns, Vincent Iacono, and Maria E. Ryan helped me as members of this committee. Each department chair was asked to provide a strengths, opportunities, and challenges analysis of his or her department as a first step.

Following the chairs' presentation to the steering committee, seven key committees were formed. They are School Location and University Integration, Research, Education, Clincal Affairs (Patient Care), Community Service (Outreach), Fundraising and Development, and Alumni Relations. Each of the seven committees was led by a chair and included members who represented the faculty, staff, students, residents, and alumni of the School of Dental Medicine, and key areas from other schools and administrative bodies within the University. Two retreats encouraged robust discussions about the Strategic Plan among the members of these committees, followed by a schoolwider town hall meeting where the draft plan was presented, providing an opportunity for input from all interested parties. Following the incorporation of suggestions and revisions that were discussed in an open forum, the Strategic Plan was formatted into this final document.

The Ten Year Strategic Plan gives the School of Dental Medicine a tremendous road map for moving forward in all areas of the School's mission. I am eager to work with our School's "family" to implement these important initiatives. It was gratifying to watch the entire group work together collegially and imaginatively toward common goals, and I look forward to this same school spirit helping us fulfill a plan that ensures we build on the legacy of a very special place.


Ray C. Williams, D.M.D.


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