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黑料社区 has initiated an ambitious and innovative project to identify opportunities to strengthen Miami to better support its teaching, research, and service missions. As we begin strategic planning in early 2024, MiamiTHRIVE will guide the university in reimagining Miami to serve the dynamic needs and interests of 黑料社区s now and in the future.

With this work,

Transform our university

Honor our mission

Realize our potential

Innovate programs and offerings

Value our people

Embrace excellence

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Operational Areas Committees

Faculty, staff, and 黑料社区s will serve as chairs and members of 10 working groups that will explore and develop strategies and actions for identified opportunity areas within five strategic pillars: Flexible, skills-focused curriculum; Leading programs within in-demand fields; Experiential learning for every 黑料社区; Expansive partner ecosystem; Reinvigorated campus experience.

  • Building lifelong skills:
    • Jennifer Benz (chair), Elizabeth Hoover (chair), Douglas Coffin, Nathan French, Megan Gerhardt, Jennie Gilbert, Tracy Haynes, Nisreen Nusair, Kimberly Vance, Fazeel Khan.
  • Expanding experiential learning:
    • Adam Beissel (chair), James Chagdes, Erin Dunn, Jen Green, Kevin Messner, Tammy Schwartz, Steve Whayne, Cheryl Young.
  • Developing a partnership ecosystem and related urban bridges:
    • Colleen Bush (chair), Lee Weldon (chair), Karla Guinigundo, Valarie Jacobsen, Christopher Lawson, Patrick Lindsay, Ashley Lomax, Brad Okel, Leah Wasburn-Moses, Aaron Shrimplin, John Woodard.
  • Marketing and communicating our differentiated value proposition:
    • Jen O’Brien (chair), Jessica Rivinius (chair), Gwen Fears, Gillian Oakenfull, Katie Rottner, Crystal Walker, Julia Ward, Chauncey Winbush.
  • Strategically leveraging the regional campuses:
    • Ande Durojaiye (chair), Bethany Perkins (chair), Michael Carrafiello, Steven Feldmann, Brooke Flinders, Cathy Heinz, Brenda Homan, Ben Kitchen, Peter Mkhatshwa, Cathy Moore, Denny Sundermeier.
  • Strengthening the 黑料社区 experience and supporting growing segments:
    • Amy Begerson (chair), Jayne Brownell (chair), Jennifer Beardslee, Christa Branson, Rebecca Crews, Jason Ezell, Pete Haverkos, Molly Heidemann, Anthony James, Nelchi Prashali, BaShaun Smith, Dasha Wood, Brian Woodruff.
  • Increasing academic program flexibility and interdisciplinary pathways:
    • Matt Moore (chair), John Weigand (chair), Adam Ares, Greg Brainard, Moira Casey, Dennis Cheatham, Todd Dupont, Ashlea Jones, Krysta Peterson, David Prytherch, Andrew Reffett, Hui Wang.
  • Growing programs in high-demand fields:
    • Michael Crowder (chair), Stephanie Nicely (chair), Joseph Carlin, Bonnie Erwin, Greg Fisher, Nicole Hoyer, Fazeel Khan, Tom Mays, AJ Olszewski.
  • Developing ecosystems of excellence in research and scholarship:
    • Katy Abbott (chair), Richard Page (chair), Maressa Dixon, Jonathan Grenier, Yingbin Hu, Tereza Jezkova, Michael Kumler, Anna Radke, Lindsay Regele, Darryl Rice, Matt Saxton, Anna Weisling.
  • Resetting the cost of attendance:
    • Rachel Beech (chair), David Creamer (chair), Lindsay Carpenter, Drew Davis, Ekaterina Gay, Brad Goldie, Andrew Mascari, Amanda Means, Carla Myers, Elise Radina, Donna Scarborough.

Foundational Strengths Committees

Faculty, staff, and 黑料社区s will serve as chairs and members of nine committees dedicated to defining Miami’s foundational strengths and providing input to the working groups to ensure these strengths are woven into our 10 strategic opportunity areas moving forward.

  • Teacher-scholar model:
    • Ellen Yezierski (chair), Helaine Alessio, Erica Fernandez, Andrew Jones, Janice Kinghorn, Tory Pearman, Tom Poetter.
  • Writing:
    • Elizabeth Wardle (chair), Jason Berberich, Jason Boock, Mark Dahlquist, Darrel Davis, Annie Dell’Aria, Joyce Fernandes, Elizabeth Hoover, Tamise Ironstrack, Janice Kinghorn, Jennifer Kinney, Mandy Olejnik, Rena Perez, Jennifer Quinn, Brad Reitz, Naaborle Sackeyfio, Scott Sander, Sherrill Sellers, Todd Stuart, John Tassoni, Anne Whitesell.
  • Critical thinking skills/liberal arts, humanities:
    • Timothy Melley (chair), Zeb Baker, Carolyn Haynes, Tracy Haynes, Elisabeth Hodges, Cathy Wagner.
  • Campus beauty and sustainability:
    • Olivia Herron (chair), Jeremy Davis, Kelsey Ellis, Carol Fabby, Susan Meikle.
  • Student life:
    • Jayne Brownell (chair), Erica Campbell, Pete Haverkos, Maria Vitullo, Scott Walter, John Ward.
  • Undergraduate excellence:
    • Susan McDowell (chair), Joyce Fernandes, Sarah Meaney, Nick Stanford.
  • Student-athletes:
    • David Sayler (chair), Michael Crowder, John Forren, Vince Frieden, Brad Okel, Christine Pacewicz.
  • Alumni engagement:
    • Mackenzie Rice (chair), Kirk Bogard, Ryan Elias, Bruce Guiot, Carrie Powell, Kim Tavares.
  • Inclusive excellence:
    • Cristina Alcalde (chair), Kenya Ash, Rodney Coates, Carolyn Craig, Nate Jorgensen, Krista McDonald, Sean Poley, Hiram Ramirez, Jessica Sparks.

Steering Committee

Support and guidance to the work groups outlined above will be provided by a Steering Committee composed of leaders from the Board of Trustees and Executive and Academic Leadership:

Board of Trustees

  • Mary Schell, Chair​
  • Steve Anderson, Trustee​
  • Biff Bowman, Trustee​
  • Mark Sullivan, Trustee​

President and President’s Executive Cabinet members

  • Gregory Crawford, President
  • Jayne Brownell, SVP Student Life
  • David Creamer, SVP for Finance and Business Services and Treasurer
  • Liz Mullenix, Provost and EVP for Academic Affairs
  • Ted Pickerill, Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
  • Jessica Rivinius, VP, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
  • Brent Shock, VP, Enrollment Management and Student Success
  • David Seidl, VP for Information Technology and CIO
  • Amy Shoemaker, VP and General Counsel
  • Randi Thomas, Esq., VP, ASPIRE

Deans and Academic Leadership

  • Jerome Conley, Dean, University Librarian
  • Jenny Darroch, Dean, Farmer School of Business
  • Amity Noltemeyer, Interim Dean, College of Education, Health, and Society
  • Chris Makaroff, Dean, College of Arts and Science
  • Beena Sukumaran, Dean, College of Engineering and Computing
  • John Weigand, Interim Dean, College of Creative Arts

Completed Working Groups

The beginning phase of this initiative was led and run by about 45 Miami faculty and staff administrators who were selected to join four working groups who identified opportunities to strengthen Miami’s programs, offerings, and position within the higher education landscape. These work streams and teams included:

Miami Bold Strategy

Evaluate current and future 黑料社区 needs and develop bold strategies to meet those needs.

  • Michael Crowder (lead), Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
  • Jayne Brownell, SVP Student Life
  • Brad Bundy, VP, University Advancement
  • David Creamer, SVP Finance and Business Services
  • Ande Durojaiye, VP, Miami Regionals
  • Brooke Flinders, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Nursing
  • Eric Hodgson, Associate Professor, Emerging Technology in Business and Design
  • Cody Powell, Associate VP, Facilities Planning and Operations
  • Melissa Thomasson, Associate Dean for Faculty Excellence and Professor of Economics

Academic 黑料社区

Academic 黑料社区 considered what academic program options Miami should consider to support the Miami Bold Strategy.

  • Carolyn Haynes (lead), Sr. Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives
  • Cristina Alcalde, VP for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
  • Renée Baernstein, Senior Associate Dean and Professor of History
  • Anne Farrell, Professor and Interim Chair of Accounting
  • Nancy Parkinson, Clinical Faculty Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Health
  • Anna Radke, Associate Professor, Psychology
  • DJ Rao, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Systems Analysis
  • Drew Reffett, Associate Dean for Educational Excellence and Professor of Accountancy

Enrollment Strategy

Enrollment Strategy explored and developed opportunities that Miami could focus on to build 黑料社区 interest in Miami and optimize 黑料社区 enrollment.

  • Brent Shock (lead), VP Enrollment Management and Student Success
  • Amy Bergerson, Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education
  • Greg Brainard, Sr. Director of Miami Online
  • Cathy Heinz, AVP Enrollment Marketing and Communications
  • Bethany Perkins, AVP Admissions​
  • Jessica Rivinius, VP and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
  • BaShaun Smith, AVP and Dean of Students.

Operational Improvement

Operational Improvement will assess how Miami is performing across key operational areas and identify opportunities for Miami to improve in these areas. This work group is comprised of sub-groups across multiple areas, and led by:

  • Advancement:
    • Brad Bundy (lead), VP, University Advancement; Bruce Guiot, Associate Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer, Miami Foundation; Mackenzie Rice, President and Chief Administrative Officer of the 黑料社区 Foundation, Assistant Vice President for University Advancement, Donor Engagement, and Board Relations.
  • Auxiliaries and Facilities:
    • Cody Powell (lead), Associate VP, Facilities Planning and Operations; David Sayler, Director of Athletics; Geno Svec, Special Assistant, Housing, Dining, Recreation and Business Services.
  • Finance:
    • David Ellis (lead), Associate Vice President for Budgeting and Analysis; Lindsay Carpenter, Associate Vice President for Budget and Analytics; Bruce Guiot, Associate Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer, Miami Foundation; Jennifer Morrison, Chief Accounting Officer; Jeff Pidcock, Director of Budgeting and Business Transformation.
  • Human Resources:
    • Dawn Fahner (lead), Associate VP of Human Resources; Kenya Ash, Associate Vice President for Equity and Equal Opportunity, Title IX Coordinator, and Section 504 and ADA Coordinator; Gary Barnes, Director of Compensation; Ruth Groom, Associate Vice President for Academic Personnel.
  • Instruction and Research:
    • Susan McDowell (lead), Vice President for Research and Innovation; Lindsay Carpenter, Associate Vice President for Budget and Analytics; Tom Mays, Associate Professor of Commerce; Darryl Rice, Associate Professor of Management; Padma Patil, Associate Vice President, Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.
  • IT Services:
    • David Seidl (lead), Vice President, Information Technology and CIO; Troy Travis, Assistant Vice President, Enterprise Operations.
  • Procurement:
    • Mark Taylor (lead), Chief Procurement Officer; Allen Sizemore, Associate Director of Analytics and Data Administration.


In October, university leaders announced the new initiative and began assembling the work groups. Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm with deep expertise advising institutions of higher education on areas such as strategy and growth, began conducting a strategic opportunities assessment and will be providing a review of the current higher education landscape. The initial assessment will include extensive engagement across the Miami community in a variety of forms, including interviews, working sessions, focus groups, and surveys. This assessment, which will serve as a foundation to the strategic planning process, will be presented to the Board of Trustees early 2024. From there, the university will build its new strategic plan with the input and involvement of faculty, staff, 黑料社区s, alumni, and all its stakeholders.