[unav_all] August 31 - comments requested - UNAVCO strategic plan

Meghan Miller meghan at unavco.org
Wed Jul 9 15:27:39 MDT 2008

UNAVCO community members,

I am writing to seek your comment on a draft of a five-year strategic  
plan for UNAVCO, by August 31, 2008.

Our sponsors have challenged us to diversify both the scientific  
community that UNAVCO represents, and the revenue streams that sustain  
its support services and facilities, through a strategic planning  
process.  In response, the board and I worked together to establish a  
planning committee to attend a facilitated retreat and develop a draft  
plan that included mission, vision, and goals.  The committee was  
large the breadth of the membership and the participatory governance  
of UNAVCO.  The factors that were considered in populating the  
committee are summarized at the end of this message, if they are of  
interest to you.
The draft plan attached to this email represents the work of that  
committee at the retreat, as well as further development of specific  
aspects by e-mail and board discussion.  In addition to seeking your  
comment, I will be discussing the draft with our main sponsors and  
with UNAVCO staff.

You can convey your comments to me via email, or call me if you prefer  
to discuss aspects of the plan.  I will assemble all the written  
feedback into a single document for consideration by the board.  All  
comments and feedback will be carefully considered.



M. Meghan Miller
President, UNAVCO
6350 Nautilus Drive
Boulder, CO  80301

Voice:  303/381-7514
By cell:  720/320-0026
Fax:  303/381-7501
meghan at unavco.org

Committee members were selected using these criteria:

             -The scientific community should be broadly represented,  
across historically strong and newly emerging sub-disciplines that use  
the tools of geodesy.

             -The governance of UNAVCO as a membership organization  
and the leadership of UNAVCO's facilities and programs should be well  
represented to assure implementation of the plan.  This meant that  
chairs or long standing members of each standing committee were  
invited to participate, as well as the program directors from Boulder.

             -We paid special attention to representation from  
emergent areas - such as atmospheric science as a discipline area and  
INSAR as a tool of geodesy that UNAVCO now supports - to expand our  
ability to envision the future.

             -We also paid attention to the spectrum of community  
experience at the table - to include members with long experience and  
those who bring new perspectives.

             -Some other considerations were taken into account, such  
as maximizing the number of member institutions represented.

             -Twenty participants was a maximum.  Most committee  
members wore several hats; all were asked to act on behalf of broader  
communities and think beyond their specific interests, knowing that  
some perspectives will only be heard through the community comment we  
are currently seeking.

  Committee Members:
Sridhar Anandakrishnan
Geoff Blewitt
Eric Calais
Jim Davis
Tim Dixon
Susan Eriksson
James Foster
Holly Given
Mike Jackson
Pamela Jansma
Simon McClusky
Chuck Meertens
Meghan Miller
Andy Newman
Susan Owen
David Sandwell
David Schmidt
Susan Schwartz
Mark Simons
Shimon Wdowinski

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