CAHNR Strategic Planning Announcement

August 19, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources is about to undertake a strategic positioning process that we hope will ensure the college is successful for many years.  Our goal will be to identify key knowledge areas that enable the college to have the greatest potential success for the next decade.   The project will allow us to have a dialogue on the future implications of trends and issues affecting our society, state, industries and communities, and to reflect on the state of the college and then come to consensus on focus areas of teaching, research, and extension. Ultimately, the project will drive our work to be as successful in 2030 as we are today.

The process will involve capturing stakeholder input (both internal and external), gathering and evaluating data/feedback, and creating a strategic vision for the future.  This will be a data and stakeholder driven effort.  We believe this process will create a dynamic, forward-thinking, and focused description of a future that will position CAHNR to be among the most preeminent institutions of its kind in the nation.

To successfully achieve our goal, CAHNR leadership has worked to identify a core team of individuals to provide leadership for this effort. These individuals will bring their knowledge, experience, vision, and commitment to this endeavor while reaching out to learn as much as they can from others.  The strategic positioning team will spend the next several months listening to employees and stakeholders of the college as well as studying peer institutions. As this will require time, energy, and commitment, we plan to maximize the use of everyone’s time while still allowing us to listen and learn from as many as possible.

To ensure the process will be efficiently run and will be completed by January 2020, we have reached out to a proven leader in this area of work.  We have employed Dr. Mitch Owen, a former organization development specialist and university administrator with over 34 years of university experience. Mitch knows universities and has been able to work at all levels within the academic community.  He is uniquely qualified to guide us through the process having worked with many of our peer institutions on similar projects.   

To ensure the plan is truly meaningful, it is important that we engage all those who either work for or benefit from the work of the college.  The strategic positioning team will be using several methods to collect input.  As they plan the process, they will begin announcing ways your voice can be heard.  Please participate as fully as you can.   Thanks in advance for your willingness to engage in this important project and help determine our collective vision for CAHNR.



Indrajeet Chaubey, Ph.D.
Dean and Director
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Rd.
Storrs, CT 06269-4066
Phone: (860)486-2918
Fax: (860)486-5113

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