Focus on the Future

February 25, 2016


From the Desk of: Chris MacMillan, Assistant Dean for Infrastructure and Strategic Execution

Next month, the Daniels College of Business will launch a new roadmap for our future. Daniels in Focus is our strategic positioning, which serves as a beacon to guide us, a platform upon which we can build and grow in the 21st century marketplace.

One of the best attributes of Daniels in Focus is that it is, by design, a timeless document. When our College embarked upon the strategic planning process, we came up with far more than a set of goals or a list of tasks. Instead, we envisioned the Daniels of the future, coming up with the four core priorities for our College:

  • To offer an exceptional student experience
  • To actively engage and connect with the marketplace
  • To support and promote impactful faculty research
  • To create a next-generation portfolio of programs that achieve the highest level of excellence

Over the next five years, we will keep these strategic drivers at the forefront and work to ensure that everything we do aligns with one or more of them. This approach allows us to be nimble at a time when management education is changing at a rapid pace. While the steps we take to achieve these priorities might look different today than they will in two, three or five years, the priorities themselves are evergreen.

Visualization on its own cannot take us where we need to go; we must bring our objectives into focus and define the specific activities needed to achieve them in order to achieve long-lasting success. As assistant dean for infrastructure and strategy at Daniels, my role is to facilitate and monitor action toward achieving the Daniels in Focus vision, making sure that our goals are executed.

Today, with a strategic position in hand, we begin this five-year journey and are excited about what is to come. I look forward to sharing our progress with you, our Daniels community, at danielsinfocus.com, which launches next month as well. There, we will share our work and how the Daniels faculty, staff, advisory boards, alumni, students and many others are coming together to realize our priorities.

It is a pivotal time at Daniels, and I know we have great support as we take our next steps. As always, we welcome the insights of our stakeholders.

Chris MacMillan is the assistant dean for infrastructure and strategic execution at Daniels. Ms. MacMillan has worked for the University of Denver since 1994 and the Daniels College of Business since 1999.