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Initiatives Coordination

President David Skorton and Provost Kent Fuchs have created the Initiatives Coordination Office led by Paul Streeter, associate vice president for planning and budget, to help realize at least $90 million in annual administrative savings by 2015. They've identified areas to target and key personnel in those areas to develop strategies and action plans. The areas and leaders are:

  • Procurement
    Proactively manage spending, particularly the selection of vendors and the negotiation of commodity pricing, and improve processes, tools and analytical abilities.

    Administrative sponsor: Joanne DeStefano, Vice President for Finance and CFO; Academic sponsors: Susan Henry, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Joe Thomas, Dean of the Johnson Graduate School of Management; Initiative manager: Thomas Romantic, Senior Director of Supply Channel Management and Business Services.
  • Facilities
    Streamline and better integrate facilities support operations across campus and drive savings through energy conservation programs.

    Administrative sponsor: Kyu Whang, Vice President for Facilities Services; Academic sponsor: Alan Mathios, Dean of the College of Human Ecology; Initiative manager: Margaret Ferguson, CALS Associate Dean for Finance and Administration.
  • Information Technology
    Pursue cost savings opportunities in areas such as desktop support, management of servers and storage, application development, and strengthen processes for managing campus-wide IT activities and investments in the future.

    Administrative sponsor: Steven Schuster, Interim Executive Director of CIT; Academic sponsor: Daniel Huttenlocher, Dean for Computing and Information Sciences; Initiative manager: Craig Higgins, Human Ecology Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration
  • Finance, Human Resources, and Communications
    Examine the delivery of financial, human resources and communication support activities to realize efficiencies through improved integration and coordination of activities and through use of better tools and processes.

    Administrative sponsor: Vice President Joanne DeStefano; Academic sponsor: Chris Ober, Dean of the College of Engineering; Initiative manager: Joseph Grasso, ILR Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration
  • Organization and Management of Support Activities
    Analyze how managerial and administrative support activities are organized and leveraged to optimize effectiveness and efficiency.

    Administrative sponsor: Mary Opperman, Vice President for Human Resources; Academic sponsor: G. Peter Lepage, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Initiative manager: Cathy Dove, Engineering Associate Dean of Administration

The Latest

Cornell Chronicle

Fuchs: Collaboration, not centralization, is the watchword
May 27, 2010
Plans to improve operations, cut costs are moving ahead
May 13, 2010


Strategic Plan Summary
Posted June 8, 2010
Multiple copies can be ordered through Cornell Digital Print Services (607.255.2524)
Strategic Plan (final)
Posted May 27, 2010
Strategic Planning presentation by Provost Kent Fuchs
Updated Oct. 8, 2009

Task Force Reports

Budget Model Task Force Summary Report
Jan. 19, 2010
All summary reports
from the Academic Task Forces


Progress report on planning efforts
Feb. 4, 2010
Provost responds to academic task force reports
Dec. 18, 2009
All statements
on Reimagining Cornell


2009 State of the University Address (Read the speech)
Oct. 23, 2009
All videos
from CornellCast

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