Strategic Plan Overview
The framework of the University of Arizona Strategic Plan is inspired by the Fourth Industrial Revolution – a time of augmented intelligence and the fusion of digital, physical and biological worlds. We embrace our duty and privilege to serve the special needs of the state and its citizenry as this new era unfolds.
The strategic planning and implementation process is guided by the Purpose and Values of the institution.
Strategic Plan Pillars
The five pillars represent broad focus areas that work in concert and collectively act as a robust roadmap for the UArizona’s future. Each pillar has been developed into initiatives implemented with clear goals and performance indicators. Each pillar has one or two Pillar Owners who help to guide Initiative Owners as they implement their initiatives. If interested in learning more about the pillars, please click here or contact the Pillar Owner(s) or the Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI).
Nicole Salazar , Institutional Excellence Pillar Owner
Initiative Owners worked diligently to develop a compelling vision and business plan for their initiatives. A comprehensive prioritization process identified initiatives for moving forward in phases with some already underway and others considered for support from the Strategic Initiatives Fund (SIF). The prioritization focused on the relative impact, boldness and Return On Investment (ROI). The implementation phase begins with refinement of the milestones, time-phased budgets and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that guide the diverse and inclusive teams whose mission is to ensure the successful implementation of the initiatives.
The University of Arizona Health Sciences developed their Strategic Plan in late 2018 and early 2019, guided by overreaching goals that include providing high-quality healthcare to Arizonans, eliminating the shortage of health professionals in Arizona, and closing the gap between healthspan and lifespan. Five core Themes were then identified, and a portfolio of select Strategic Initiatives were developed within these Themes. More detailed information about the Health Sciences Themes and Strategic Initiatives can be found on
Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI)
The Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) was established to support the campus community during implementation of the exciting new initiatives that were developed during strategic planning process. The mission is to support the effective and efficient implementation of the initiatives that were developed to achieve the ambitious, bold and inspirational goals of the University of Arizona strategic plan. Meet the team below:
Jane Hunter, VP for Strategic Initiatives
Michelle Gates, Associate VP for Strategic Initiatives Financial Affairs
Lori Tochihara, Coordinator, Administrative Services
Carlos Castellanos, OSI Project Manager, Wildcat Journey
Jessica Thornburg, OSI Project Manager, Grand Challenges and Arizona Global
Brian Cunningham, OSI Project Manager, Arizona Advantage
Ryan Smith, OSI Project Manager, Institutional Excellence
Jennifer Horner, Associate Director, Engagement & Communications
Dustin Natte, Project Management Assistant
Strategic Initiatives Fund (SIF)
The Strategic Initiatives Fund (SIF) is a designated fund to be expended from Jan-01 2019 thru Jun-30 2024 to invest in strategic initiatives outlined in the University of Arizona Strategic Plan approved by Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) in November 2018. These funds are made available through the reduction of institutional cash reserves. Refer to the Financial Services Manual to learn more.