Office of the President

Strategic Plan

Message from the President

In July 2016, when I became the fifth president of UT Dallas, I recognized that the previous strategic plan and subsequent updates had launched efforts to reach the highest echelon of research and educational excellence. With the recent elevation to the Highest Research Activity by Carnegie Classification and the great demand for our graduates, there is no denying the success of that plan.

Which brings me to the most basic question. Where do we go next?

The many-faceted answer to that question will be guided by a new UT Dallas Strategic Plan. Our collective vision and strategy will give shape to this superb university. This also will mark the first strategic plan written from the perspective of a Tier One university, rather than from that of an aspiring Tier One university.

Some elements of the new plan will be very familiar and time-tested, while others will challenge us to grow in new directions, including our role in the dynamic growth of our region.

Like any good strategic plan, ours will be broad-based, with input from faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members. In collaboration with Executive Vice President Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, I have appointed a Strategic Planning Committee to lead the university-wide effort. A steering committee and six working groups have begun working on the new plan. Updates on their progress will be posted below.

I look forward to working with you in implementing the new UT Dallas Strategic Plan in the near future.

Dr. Richard C. Benson
Eugene McDermott Distinguished University Chair of Leadership

2017 Strategic Planning Project

Achieving the vision and goals of this university will require that all stakeholders — faculty, staff, students, business leaders, philanthropists, teachers and civic leaders — unite to help UT Dallas achieve world-rank stature. Because that synergy is so important, all of these stakeholders will contribute to a strategic plan that will guide UT Dallas.

The purpose of a strategic plan is to:

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