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Dear Tufts Community,

As the semester comes to a close, I would like to thank all of you who have participated in the many T10 engagement events. Your input is invaluable and has already had a significant impact on how we are conceptualizing the emerging strategic plan.

If you have not yet had an opportunity to participate in this process, I hope that you may now have the time to read the Prelude to the Strategic Plan and respond to the embedded surveys. This document is not the draft strategic plan, but was designed to stimulate conversation and generate feedback during the public engagement phase of the strategic planning process. The surveys embedded within the Prelude will be live until May 31st, 2013.

Over the summer we will be reviewing the range of feedback received from submitted memos, survey responses, focus groups, office hour discussions, and other sources, and will begin to draft the strategic plan. This is an important and exciting time in Tufts’ history as together we determine the guiding direction for the University.

I wish you all a safe, joyful, and productive summer. I look forward to engaging with you again in the fall when we will have a draft of the strategic plan ready for your review.

Last, but quite importantly, I want to thank you for a wonderful first year at Tufts. It has been a true pleasure getting to know the people and programs that make this such a special place.

Best wishes,
David R. Harris
Provost and Senior Vice President