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Budget Model Open Forums Scheduled

In August, a report summarizing the diagnostic findings of Magis Operational Excellence was released to the SLU community. (Skip to page 27 of the diagnostic report for an overview of the 25 improvement focus areas that the program will address over time.) 

 As announced in December, one of the focus areas concerns the budget model — the method employed at SLU to allocate funding to schools/colleges and the units that support the academic mission of the university. 

This initiative will roll out in two phases. The first phase seeks to increase the SLU community’s shared understanding of how resources are currently allocated at the University. To that end, you are invited to one of the following open forums:

 The forums will offer an overview of SLU’s existing budget model, as well as provide you with an opportunity to ask questions and share ideas.

The forums will also be broadcast live via Fuze. The meeting ID is 34605898. A phone dial-in option is available at 201-479-4595. Because Fuze meetings are limited to 200 participants, the session will be recorded and available for viewing later. 

Leading the discussion will be the initiative’s co-sponsors, Mardell Wilson, Ed.D., dean of Doisy College of Health Sciences, and Kent Porterfield, Ed.D., vice-president for student development, as well as the initiative’s manager Brianne Burcke , director of financial planning and budget. (For a listing of the full initiative team, visit the operational excellence website.)

Also participating in the open session will be Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., and CFO David Heimburger, who — as co-chairs of the Operational Excellence Steering Committee — make recommendations to the president regarding the program’s 25 focus areas.


Do you have a question about the operational excellence program? Check out the online FAQs, send us an email at or fill out the feedback form on the program website. Or, reach out to any initiative team project manager or member with ideas, concerns, or questions.

Eric Armbrecht, Ph.D., M.S.
Associate Professor

Mickey Luna, J.D.
Vice President, Human Resources

Launched in February 2016, Magis Operational Excellence is an institution-wide initiative designed to make SLU more efficient and effective, and identify opportunities for increased revenue and growth — all to enable the priorities identified in the University's strategic plan. The program stems from Initiative Five of the strategic plan that calls for us foster a culture of excellence, effectiveness and efficiency deeply rooted in our institutional mission and Catholic, Jesuit values.