Carnegie Mellon University

November 2, 2015

Dear Members of the Carnegie Mellon Community,

I am delighted to inform you that the Board of Trustees has approved the Carnegie Mellon University Strategic Plan 2025, which you can find online.

Those on the Pittsburgh campus are invited to join me tomorrow, Nov. 3, from noon-1:30 p.m. in Kirr Commons, on the first floor of the Cohon University Center. Together we will celebrate this product of a comprehensive, year-long effort; one that engaged all segments of the university community, and reflects CMUs nimble nature, and distinctive culture of collaboration and creativity.

I particularly want to thank the many faculty, staff, students, trustees and alumni who joined together with academic and administrative leaders in hundreds of gatherings that included town hall meetings, strategy retreats, and rigorous planning sessions to produce this forward-looking project. Their work was recognized by the Board of Trustees Friday, and I want to add my own gratitude, along with that of the entire leadership team.

As I note in my introduction to the plan, the result of all this hard work by our community is a plan that you would expect of Carnegie Mellon: ambitious, creative and distinctive. The web-based plan identifies three focal areas: Individual Experience, University Community and Societal Impact. The exploration of those realms acknowledges the tapestry of interconnected initiatives that make up the university.

Each of us must now work to make these aspirations real, to hold ourselves accountable for our parts of this dynamic plan, and to embrace our individual and collective responsibility to the university. These are not additional tasks or extraneous duties. This is intrinsic to the way we conduct our work and life every day. The success of the plan will require a commitment from the university community to work together to implement the plan, and to help make this aspirational vision a reality.

More information about implementation efforts will be available soon, and you can always provide feedback on the plan at any time by emailing:

I look forward to seeing faculty, students, alumni and staff work together to realize our potential as Carnegie Mellon University looks to 2025 and beyond.


Subra Suresh
Henry L. Hillman President’s Chair
Carnegie Mellon University