Interim Provost Woody Hunter announced last week the formation of the
new Strategic Planning Committee, which will review Emorys institutional
structures in the Arts & Sciences and form recommendations to President
Bill Chace about what changes, if any, may be appropriate.
The committee, which will be cochaired by Hunter and anthropology Associate
Professor Michelle Lampl, is made up of representatives from the administration
(Bobby Paul and Gary Wihl), the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical
Sciences (GDBBS; Bryan Noe and Keith Wilkinson) and Emory College (Catherine
Caruth, Robyn Fivush, Michael Giles, George Jones, Jay Justice and John
Hunter said the committee members will meet as soon as possible to get
to know one another, but their substantive work will begin early next
semester and will continue until they are comfortable with their recommendations.
He expects the committee will form task forces to examine specific questions
such as undergraduate education, the relationship of the graduate school
to PhD programs in other schools, and the relationship between Arts &
Sciences and the professional schools.
There may be other issues that are identified which may require
additional task forces, or the committee may decideto do its business
another way, Hunter said. I invite affected faculty to make
their views known to the committee, and I hope that we will have a lively,
open dialogue on how best to organize the administrative structure of
the Arts & Sciences at Emory.
The committee was formed at the recommendation of the executive committees
of both the college and the graduate school. Last spring, the two bodies
appointed representatives to an ad hoc committee that studied how best
to form the Strategic Planning Committee, then made their recommendations
to Hunter early this fall.
It was decided the committee should include six faculty members from the
college (two from each division), a faculty cochair and representatives
from the GDBBS and administration. Emory College elected its six representatives
in a two-part process, the first of which simply narrowed down the field
of nominees (Hunter said he received more than 100 nominations for the
six slots). The committees membership was finalized just before
Although the time required was longer than anticipated, I am confident
that the openness of the process was useful, Hunter said. The
result was the election of an excellent group of faculty who represent
a wide range of disciplines and perspectives.