May 02, 2006

In this May 15, 2006 interview, Mark Dillard, director of the Office of Strategy Implementation, talks about his office's role in implementing The Plan for Bucknell and addresses questions about putting the plan into action, who will be involved in creating tactics, and the funding and timing of making it all happen.

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University President Brian C. Mitchell has appointed Mark Dillard as director of the Office of Strategy Implementation.

The newly created office is charged with assisting the Bucknell community in developing tactical proposals to fulfill the five strategies outlined in The Plan for Bucknell.

"With formal approval of The Plan for Bucknell by the Board of Trustees this past weekend, our focus now shifts to bringing The Plan to reality by implementing its five strategies," said Mitchell. "This effort will require the full commitment and attention of a dedicated office."

The Office of Strategy Implementation will be responsible for managing the overall implementation schedule of plan tactics, including tracking and reporting progress; will serve as the main contact point regarding The Plan; and will strive to identify and nurture opportunities for collaboration across the Bucknell community.

Dillard joined Bucknell in October 2003 as assistant director of learning and development in the Office of Human Resources. Most recently an organization effectiveness manager at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Ga., Dillard has more than 10 years' experience in management consulting, with a focus on organizational development and strategic planning.

In this internal consulting role, he worked closely with senior executives to help them define their strategic capabilities, designed and delivered organizational learning programs for Coca-Cola's professional team, and partnered with company leaders to build and executetheir strategic plans.

The five strategies - strengthen the academic core, deepen the residential learning experience, enhance diversity, build bridges, and secure the University's financial strength - are focused on enabling Bucknell University to achieve the vision articulated in The Plan: 'to provide students with the premier undergraduate experience in American higher education.' For more information about The Plan, see http://www.bucknell.edu/ThePlanforBucknell.

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Story posted May 2, 2006

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