Vice President for Strategic Planning and Analysis



TO: Campus Community
FROM: President Ann Weaver Hart
DATE: Friday, February 21, 2014
SUBJECT: Vice President for Strategic Planning and Analysis


I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Barbara Bryson has accepted an appointment as Vice President for Strategic Planning and Analysis, effective March 24th. Dr. Bryson’s role will include tracking progress and reporting on strategic goals, and she will work with senior leadership to develop and monitor precise objectives and metrics for the UA’s academic, financial and operating strategies. She will also use her considerable expertise and experience as Professor of Practice in the School of Architecture.

Dr. Bryson currently holds the position of Associate Vice President for Facilities Engineering and Planning at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where she has also been an instructor in the School of Architecture and the Jesse H. Jones School of Business. Previously, Dr. Bryson has held other leadership and architectural positions at Rice University, the University of Miami, and architectural firms in Coral Gables, Dallas and Nashville.

In her current role at Rice University, Dr. Bryson has been responsible for campus-wide planning that deeply integrates the university’s physical resources with its academic, financial and operational needs and objectives. Her many accomplishments include the oversight of an integrated campus master plan that addressed Rice’s critical goal to enhance research and teaching relationships between Rice and member institutions of the Texas Medical Center (TMC). She also oversaw the planning and construction of campus facilities to accommodate the expansion of undergraduate enrollment by 30 percent and to support the goals that emerged from Rice’s strategic plan. Dr. Bryson also led the planning and development of Rice University’s BioSciences Research Collaborative, which has encouraged transdisciplinary and multi-institutional work with other TMC institutions. In addition, she directed a study of Rice’s science and engineering research space to better allocate resources for institutional priorities.

With this broad experience in both strategic planning and implementation, she will be an effective leader of the University of Arizona’s strategic planning efforts, particularly as we implement the vision of the Never Settle academic and business plan.

Please join me in welcoming Barbara Bryson to the UA family. I would also like to thank the search committee, whose diligence and hard work identified Dr. Bryson as the premier candidate for this position.