Dear Pratt Community,
As I learn more and more about Pratt Institute—about our academic programs and about you—I am convinced that Pratt’s departments and schools are among the best in the world. Each campus meeting increases my understanding of the breadth of this Institute and the depth of your achievements and your goals.
You and I share the honor of building upon the work of our predecessors whose vision formed the framework for Pratt’s achievements. Thanks to their important contributions, the Institute’s reputation has grown and Pratt is continually ranked among the world’s top colleges.
This success did not occur without careful deliberation and planning. Like all university presidents, I am charged by the institution to ensure that a clear strategic plan is established and realized. It is not a task that I can accomplish alone—together we will develop a vision and plan for Pratt that will set the priorities for the coming decades.
This is the right time to launch a process for the next Strategic Plan for Pratt, to look comprehensively at our legacy, our changing context, our strengths, and our opportunities for further growth and success.
In establishing this process, I am truly grateful for the excellent work that was done, and continues to be done, through the strategic plan that Pratt adopted in 2012. I want to thank everyone involved in crafting and implementing that plan and to recognize that it is the very foundation upon which our new planning process will build.
I have asked Provost Kirk E. Pillow and Vice President for Finance and Administration Cathleen Kenny to co-chair a new strategic planning steering committee. The steering committee, and its subcommittees whose work will focus on thematic areas, will be composed of faculty, administrative staff, and students. The Academic Senate will be directly involved in the selection of faculty and chair participants, and its president will serve on the steering committee.
This will be an inclusive campus process with input from all of the Institute’s stakeholders, including faculty, students, administrative staff, board members, and alumni. There will be a dedicated section of the Pratt website to report on our work and progress, and as with the Institute’s recently completed Diversity Strategic Plan, the new strategic plan will be shared in draft form with the entire Pratt community for feedback.
I encourage everyone to take part in the strategic planning process. There will be many opportunities for you to participate in the coming months. Provost Pillow and Vice President Kenny will share more information as Pratt launches this important endeavor to articulate Pratt’s highest aspirations and chart its future.