Steering Committee and Program Coordination Team
The Magis Operational Excellence Program (MOE) is wrapping up its first full year
of work. While much has been accomplished, there are several initiatives in progress
and we are expecting to launch four-six new ones next year. These new and ongoing
initiatives will focus on improving our processes, growing our operating revenue,
and shifting our culture in ways that empower faculty and staff to promote change
and make it happen.
These MOE efforts support the University’s strategic plan to promote community participation in decision-making, and make SLU “even more nimble,
creative, energetic, and ambitious than we have been in the past.” (Page 3, President’s
Letter, Magis: Saint Louis University’s Strategy for the Future)
Planning for the next academic year is underway. Current plans call for a renewal
of MOE Steering Committee and the creation of a Program Coordinating Team.
Renewing the Steering Committee
The Steering Committee played an instrumental role in the review of the data included
in the diagnostic report issued in August 2016. Then Steering Committee members provided input, feedback
and guidance to program co-sponsors Provost Brickhouse and CFO Heimburger throughout
the year. The list of current members can be found on the project website.
At the request of Dr. Pestello and program co-sponsors, four-six new members will
be added to the Steering Committee; the total size will be about 18-20 people. The
new members of the committee will be selected jointly by Provost Brickhouse and CFO
Heimburger this summer. Recommendations for committee members can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will work through Student Government Association over the next couple months
to identify students for the Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee is an advisory group that will continue helping review data
collected and solutions proposed by Initiative Teams. It will meet for about two
hours each month (starting in August); email and occasional meetings will occur between
Program Coordination Team
The project management and data analysis support that the consulting firm provided
over the last year will ramp down this summer. Responsibilities for program coordination
will transfer to a working team comprised of six faculty and staff selected by Dr.
Pestello. The Program Coordination Team will manage day-to-day activities, support
initiative teams, and report regularly to the President. Provost Brickhouse and CFO
Heimburger will continue as the co-sponsors of MOE, working together to review the
work of the MOE initiative teams and to recommend solutions to Dr. Pestello.
The Program Coordination Team is led by Dr. Eric Armbrecht, Libby Gallogly, and Prof.
Doug Williams. As a member of this team, Fr. Justin Daffron, S.J., will coordinate
the University’s growth initiatives with MOE. Specialized support for communications and financial reporting will be
provided by Clayton Berry and Brianne Burcke, respectively. The team will also add
two student intern positions for experiential learning in change management and systems
design. More information about these positions, open to all majors, will be shared
Each member of the team brings to MOE a complementary skill set and shared commitment
to facilitating change through initiative teams, community engagement, and open communication.
As the team organizes over the next couple months, they will share information about
roles and workplans via the MOE website. Among the team’s initial tasks will be the
development of reportable metrics to monitor progress and results of MOE initiatives.
If you would like to be part of an initiative team or focus group, please reach out
to us by sending an email message to email@example.com or filling out the feedback form on the project website. Among the active initiatives
that are in the design or implementation phase are: sponsored programs, undergraduate
yield, travel, budget model, and student advising. We expect to launch four-six initiatives
next year, addressing improvement focus areas identified in the diagnostic report (and shared at recent community fora): graduate program pricing, residence hall occupancy,
facilities, commuter meal plans, procurement, and summer enrollment. Other topics
may be added based on input from the community.
You may share ideas or comments at any time by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or using the feedback form on the project website. You may also contact people working on any of the active initiatives; team rosters
are found on the project website.
Thank you for your contributions to advance SLU’s mission.
Eric Armbrecht, PhD, Associate Professor | email@example.com
Mickey Luna, Vice President of Human Resources | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.