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 magisoperationalexcellence@slu.edu.  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 monthly meetings.  

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 in August. 

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. 

Getting Involved

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 magisoperationalexcellence@slu.edu 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 magisoperationalexcellence@slu.edu 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 | armbrees@slu.edu 
Mickey Luna, Vice President of Human Resources | mluna@slu.edu


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.