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Strategic Planning

Welcome to Foster’s Strategic Planning page, where we will keep Foster’s stakeholders abreast of the planning process and outcomes.


Since I became dean in 2019, I have remained focused on our purpose to better humanity through business; to foster leaders who have the courage and conviction to define success through the well-being of people, communities, and the environment. I believe that distinguishing feature of the Foster School is that we do well by doing good.

Our purpose will be at the heart of our strategic planning process, and throughout we will be seeking your perspectives and opinions. Our intention is to be as inclusive as possible, to work in partnership to define how we will live our purpose in the years ahead.

I am thrilled to be on this journey together. Our collective thoughtfulness and commitment to creating a positive impact in the world will build a path to new discoveries and a roadmap for Foster’s ongoing success. Better together, better tomorrow.

Frank HodgeOrin & Janet Smith Dean


Scheduled Listening Sessions for the Foster Community

Each of the sessions is designed for a unique group of Foster community members. If you are not available for the day and time offered, we encourage you to respond to the survey that will go out to all constituents in March.

Please let us know here if you plan to attend one of the following:

Tuesday, February 20

  • 10:00 – 11:30am | Staff | Deloitte Commons
  • 12:15 – 1:30pm | Faculty | Founders 180
  • 2:30 – 4:00pm | Undergraduate Students | Founders 180
  • 2:30 – 4:00pm | Graduate Students | Deloitte Commons

Wednesday, February 21

  • 8:30 – 9:30am | Academic Leadership Team & Organizational Leadership Team
  • 10:00 – 11:30am | Faculty | Deloitte Commons
  • 12:15 – 1:30pm | Staff | Deloitte Commons
  • 12:15 – 1:30pm | Faculty Council | Founders 180
  • 2:30 – 4:00pm | Center & Program Directors | Founders 180

Foster School Strategic Planning Process

PHASE I Preliminary Issues Analysis
January – March 2024

  • Gather and review background information
  • Internal stakeholder interviews and listening sessions
  • Preparation of initial strategic issues and themes

PHASE II Strategic Plan Framework
March 2024

  • Additional internal and external stakeholder interviews and listening sessions
  • Preparation of strategic plan framework

PHASE III Iterative Drafts of Strategic Plan
April – May 2024

  • Generate expanded content for a second draft of the strategic plan
  • Review of next iteration of the strategic plan with key stakeholders

PHASE IV Completed Strategic Plan
June – July 2024

  • Review and integrate stakeholder feedback
  • Prepare final draft of the strategic plan
  • Share completed plan with the Foster community