Gladys Valley Hall at the University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.
Goal 5: Ensure effective school-wide management infrastructure and sustainable financial resources for the future.
The School of Veterinary Medicine is a large enterprise - comprised of more than 50 programs and units and approximately 2,000 faculty, staff and students. Managing the financial, facility and personnel resources for these units is critical to the overall success of the School. Equally important is the internal and external communications to keep our School community and constituents informed of the multitude of activities and achievements, and ensure a transparent operational structure. Efforts to manage and enhance our resources will continue and include the implementation of a new campus budget paradigm, the opening of our new research facility and the recruitment of new faculty and staff. Broad communications and targeted marketing efforts will contribute to a broader understanding of our programs, strategic priorities, infrastructure investments, and contributions to advance animal, human and environmental health.
- Optimize the financial position of the School of Veterinary Medicine.
- Strengthen internal communication, transparency and collaboration.
- Elevate the School's capability in marketing, branding and public relations.
- Review and optimize the School's organizational structure.
In support of our public relations/communications efforts (5.3.) our Communications Team has developed a new look to the front page of our web site. http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu. In addition to highlighting our animal, human and environmental health missions, we have expanded our visual presentation with pictures that tie into additional news and activities around the school. The format allows us to feature more units, activities and achievements on this page and the structure allows us to move “the blocks” around easily to keep the page fresh and interesting to our viewers. On average the School’s web site is viewed by 53,000 visitors each month, of which 34,000 are unique visitors--meaning we have many repeat visitors during the month. Our viewers are clicking through to view a total of 139,000 pages/month. The average visitor is on our site for 2.37 minutes. The VMTH site is viewed by 14,000 visitors each month of which 10,000 are unique viewers, who access a total of 40,000 page views. Over the course of a year our web site is a major tool for us to promote our programs and expertise. Many thanks to John Gardiner, Trina Wood and the rest of the communications team for their on-going efforts on our web site!
In support of our goal to promote faculty and staff leadership (5.4.) an initial leadership retreat was held for the Academic Council and Dean’s Cabinet members last week. This ½-day session is the first in a series of workshops which will be offered to other up and coming faculty and staff leaders over the course of the year. This session focused on understanding different leadership styles and how successful leaders employ these different styles to different situations for best practices. The session included a number of scenarios for lively discussion.
In support of the teaching, research and service missions of the School, many strategic goals will rely on a high speed and stable network. With increasing reliance on technology, the School recognizes the need to provide our faculty, staff and students with improved network infrastructure. In conjunction with the campus horizontal wiring project, the School is committed to replacing all network wiring in the William Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Veterinary Medicine 2 and Tupper Hall with category 5e cables that will support up to 1 gigabit to the desktop. This is a 3-year project that will begin this fiscal year (2012-2013) and continue until the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The campus will cost-share this project with the SVM. The School's portion will be approximately $300,000/year for 3-years.
- Media Report July-September 2012
- State of the School Address, Dean Lairmore - May 30, 2012
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- New VMTH Communications Officer - Rob Warren
- Dean’s Reports and Updates (June 12, 2012)
We have created a new page on our VIPER web site under the ADMIN Tab entitled Dean’s Reports and Updates to further promote our internal communications. We will be posting reports, updates, and communications from the leadership team to keep you informed. New additions include: Dean Lairmore's "State of the School" address and the VMDO Team’s Monthly Reports https://secure.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/admin/default.cfm?page=deans_reports_updates
- Internal Communications (July 2012)
The leadership team for the internal communications strategic initiative meet to kick discuss their project. Initial discussions focused on current internal communication mechanisms and web site resources. Items identified for future action included: mechanisms to communicate faculty research interests to promote collaborations; updating of faculty web pages with publication and research interest information; student recruitment advertising; faculty awards and departmental demonstrations of current web based communication information/resources. The team decided to work on a survey to send out to faculty and staff to identify preferred communication channels and information priorities.
- Review and optimize the School’s organizational structure. (July 2012)
- Create an optimal organizational structure that supports the strategic plan.
- Clearly define the units within the organization by creating standard definitions for departments, programs, centers, and institutes.
- Implement regular evaluations of units within the School to improve efficiency and assess continued relevance to the mission.
- Develop a leadership succession plan.
- Mentor the next generation of staff and faculty leaders.
Our first steps are designed to identify and prioritize those aspects of the organizational structure likely to impact our ability to implement important short-term programmatic goals (for example; development and implementation of the new curriculum).
We plan to canvas opinions from the leaders of the various functional units within the school (including but not limited to; the Departments, Centers, VMTH, Curriculum Committee), and then discuss those issues with the Academic Council.
Independently, but in parallel, we seek to:
- clarify the exact nature and definitions of the numerous organizational structures within the school (Departments, Centers, Institutes) in an attempt to clarify the areas of overlap, synergy, redundancy and conflict.
- identify existing programs and Departmental plans for mentoring staff and Faculty with the same goal as outlined above.
- SVM Communications Council