Process Overview-Strategic Plan 2015 - Carnegie Mellon University

The Process

In the fall of 2007, President Jared L. Cohon appointed a steering committee, composed of academic deans and co-chaired by Provost and Senior Vice President Mark S. Kamlet and Vice President for Research Richard D. McCullough, to orchestrate the development of our new strategic plan. 

Consistent with the six pillars of the 1998 plan, six committees were launched in the fall of 2007:  Education & Student Life, Research & Artistic Creation, Regional Impact, Globalization & International Initiatives, Carnegie Mellon Community Success, and Finance & Infrastructure.  The committees held preliminary meetings with various constituencies, conducted surveys, and examined institutional and external data to produce initial draft documents to help generate broad-based campus discussion.

Throughout the fall and spring semesters of the 2007-2008 academic year, several Town Meetings were held, as were additional meetings with various campus councils, committees, and groups.  The review provided essential input to the continued development of the committee drafts.  During the summer of 2008, the drafts continued to be refined and were bolstered by a retreat of the Board of Trustees in July.  In September 2008, Town Meetings continued in order to refine the committee statements into a final draft strategic plan.  The plan was formally approved by the Board of Trustees in late-October.

All members of the community are invited to send questions or thoughts to Michael C. Murphy, Vice President for Campus Affairs, at, or contact Michael directly at 412-268-

Thank you for your continued involvement in and contributions to the 2008 Strategic Plan.

Letter to the Carnegie Mellon Community


Mark S. Kamlet

Provost and
Executive Vice President

Chair, 2008 Strategic Plan Steering Committee