Administrative Enabling

The FIT strategic planning process devoted a full fall term to identifying the key challenges and opportunities the College will face over the next decade. More than 80 interviews were conducted; four special roundtables were convened; and in January, the steering committee met to push the process forward by establishing nine special planning committees.

The results of these discussions and deliberations were summarized in four documents accompanying this charge to the special planning committee for administrative processes and procedures being established.

  • a memorandum identifying Issues for first roundtables;
  • a report on interview results;
  • a report summarizing the central themes from the strategic planning roundtables convened December 6-7 and December 15-16, 2004; and
  • a report on enrollment trends.

Over the next two months the special planning committee for administrative processes and procedures focused on the following strategic challenge.

Strategic Challenge

To consider whether the Colleges administrative processes are ready to support fully the outcomes of the strategic planning process. Among the key diagnostic questions to be asked is Which processes and functions should the College focus on first as it seeks to improve administrative efficiency so that day-to-day operations function properly, consistently and without the level or frequency of management supervision that is now required? This special planning committee should begin by surveying and documenting current office procedures and policies as they now exist in each major operating department across the institution.

In considering this strategic challenge, we ask that you:

  • explore and then specify the planning goals you would like the College's operating department to achieve in terms of supporting the outcomes of the planning process;
  • identify a limited set of specific initiatives along with the necessary resources these units should be prepared to undertake in order to achieve these goals;
  • suggest a limited set of metrics and benchmarks that the College could track to see if, over the next five years, sufficient progress is being achieved; and
  • identify those issues and concerns that will need to be addressed once this current round of strategic planning is complete.

Administrative Enabling Committee Members

CHAIR: Rosalyn Pier, director, Budget and Purchasing
CO-CHAIR: Gregory O'Connor, assistant vice president for Business Planning and Operations, Information Technology
Herbert Cohen, vice president, Student Affairs
Howard Dillon, assistant vice president, Academic Affairs
Ken Drayton, director, Security
Greta Earnest, assistant director, Gladys Marcus Library
James Hanley, deputy director, The Museum at FIT
George Jefremow, executive director, Facilities
David Levin, controller, Finance and Operations
Carol Litt, professor, Textile/Surface Design
Denyse Montegut, assistant professor, Graduate Studies; acting chairperson, Restoration
Shari Prussin, executive assistant to the president, Presidents Office
Robin Sackin, assistant professor and chairperson, Fashion Merchandising Management
Laura Solomon, assistant vice president, Human Resources and Labor Relations
Harvey Spector, vice president, Finance and Operations
Joyce Szymanski, office manager, Admissions