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'Foundation of the Future' Launches This Week
Larry Goldstein of Campus Strategies, LLC, returns to campus later this week to launch Foundation of the Future, the campus-wide initiative recently announced by President Walter Harrison.
In addition to being the founder and president of Campus Strategies, Goldstein is actively involved with efforts by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) related to leadership, accounting, planning and resource allocation, and a variety of finance issues. He formerly served as NACUBO's senior vice president and treasurer, and prior to that, as the chief financial officer at the University of Louisville. Goldstein is in high demand as a consultant to campuses across the country.
“We actually began the preparation for Foundation of the Future in April,” noted Harrison, “when 60 of us came together with Larry for a daylong workshop on the connections between planning and resource allocation and evaluation. I am confident that Foundation of the Future will provide us with an effective and efficient way to review and evaluate our programs.”
Goldstein will hold kickoff meetings with the administrative programs task force on Thursday, Nov. 17, and the academics programs task force on Friday, Nov. 18. He believes that these initial meetings will be very important to the Foundation of the Future process.
“In conversations with President Harrison, Provost Vasquez, and Arosha Jayawickrema, vice president of finance and administration, I have come to understand what an important undertaking this is by the University,” Goldstein says. “Starting out well will enhance the likelihood of ending well. To that end, the two task forces will use their time this week in individual full-day workshops to establish working protocols and guiding principles, and to gain an understanding of the operating styles of the different members. This will be invaluable as they continue their work together into the spring semester and conclude their work next fall."
As President Harrison’s designated “champions” of Foundation to the Future, Provost Vasquez and Vice President Jayawickrema will be responsible for providing logistical support to the task forces and serving as cheerleaders for this effort. Both are impressed with Goldstein’s wealth of information as well as his group facilitation skills as demonstrated in the April workshop.
“Larry is masterful at creating processes that bring out the best ideas of a group, and then utilizing mechanisms for identifying where there is the most agreement so that the thinking of the group moves forward,” Vasquez explains.
President Harrison’s charge to the groups is to identify programs on which the University will focus its resources without increasing its overall budget. He expects the process to be transparent with regular input and updates to the stakeholders. Vasquez and Jayawickrema will be soliciting input from the task forces on how to most effectively build an ongoing communication plan to help achieve this goal.
Now the 40 individuals making up the two task forces and the four cochairs are ready to get to work.
“Today’s economic climate requires us to think differently about coming up with resources for strategic investments,” Jayawickrema says. “Foundation of the Future can be a game changer at the University of Hartford. It is a platform to help us link planning to resource allocation so we can invest in programs, both academic and administrative, that will make this institution even stronger in the future."