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Geisel Kicks Off Strategic Planning Process

On Tuesday, Oct. 12, faculty, staff, students, and alumni from across the Geisel School of Medicine, as well as other key stakeholders, gathered for a half-day retreat to kick off the school’s 2021 Strategic Planning Process, which is expected to run through February 2022. This comprehensive process, involving all missions of the school, will engage the Geisel community in developing a plan to guide our future investments for growth, determining the direction of the school for many years to come.

“I want to thank everyone who participated in the Strategic Planning retreat last week,” said Duane Compton, PhD, dean of the Geisel School of Medicine. “The goal of this process is to put Geisel on a path to being a stronger organization with an even greater impact. During the retreat, we received important insights and ideas from this group of people who are truly passionate about the education and research missions of our medical school.”

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Members of the Geisel community gathered for a half-day retreat to begin share ideas about the school and its future.

In a previous letter to the Geisel community announcing the retreat, Dean Compton shared why this process is important for the school at this time, “Our most recent strategic plan was developed at a time when we needed to take purposeful steps to address a financial challenge faced by the school. Many of the goals articulated in that plan have been accomplished, and now that we have built a strong financial foundation, it is time to cast our view forward with a plan for building on areas of excellence and identifying areas of growth.”

Assisting Geisel in this strategic planning effort is ECG Management Consultants, a national healthcare management consulting firm with a division that specializes in academic healthcare. ECG has direct experience facilitating strategic planning processes for medical schools.

During the retreat, ECG led participants in a series of exercises designed to identify key external factors and provide input and feedback on the vision for Geisel’s future. The feedback from the retreat will be compiled and shared with the Strategic Planning Executive Steering Committee, a group of faculty, staff, and students that will identify areas of inquiry, analyze work group outputs, and ultimately recommend strategies to the project sponsors (Geisel Dean’s Office).

A website has been created to allow our community to engage with and learn more about the Strategic Planning Process, including providing feedback and submitting questions. Visit the Strategic Planning Process site here (NetID required).