Dear Members of the University Community:

Welcome back to campus—and Happy New Year!

It seems apropos that, during a time of self-reflection and goal setting for many, we are launching the University of Pittsburgh’s next strategic planning process. This is a critical exercise—one that will set our university’s priorities and trajectory over the next five years. And we will need your help.

In the coming weeks and months, the University will be hosting a series of events—listening sessions, surveys, workshops and more—designed to gather your thoughts. Working together, we will build a new strategic plan—called the Plan for Pitt 2025—that defines precisely how we think Pitt should evolve and what exactly this evolution, once complete, will look like. An 18-member strategic planning steering committee, led by co-chairs Vivian Curran, distinguished professor of law, and Nathan Urban, vice provost for graduate studies and strategic initiatives, will drive this planning effort from start to finish.

To get started: I encourage you to visit our new strategic planning website, which includes our original strategic plan, active from 2016 to 2020, as well as news and information about how to get involved in shaping the Plan for Pitt 2025.

I am excited to kick off this important initiative, and I look forward to hearing your ideas and advice on how we can make Pitt an even better place to learn, work and grow.


Patrick Gallagher