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Business Operations Update: Business Managers Meeting at the West Campus on November 15

On Thursday, November 15, a meeting of all Business Managers at Yale was held at the new West Campus in Building 25 to review operating priorities and progress and to hear from university leaders about new initiatives and plans.

Steve Murphy, Associate Vice President for Business Operations, convened the meeting, which was a sequel to the first meeting of Business Managers held in April at the Omni Hotel.  Murphy updated the group on progress since the last meeting and shared goals for FY08.  Shauna King, Vice President for Finance and Administration, began her talk by thanking the Business Managers for their efforts in support of the teaching and research missions of the University.  She continued by speaking about priorities for Finance and Administration and the need to transform administrative support in central offices and departments to ensure it meets the future needs of a rapidly-expanding academic enterprise.  This expansion is resulting in opportunities and challenges for our current administrative infrastructure such as the acquisition of the West Campus; the aggressive building program on the rest of campus; internationalization; two new residential colleges; and significant investments in both the sciences and the arts.

President Richard Levin was a surprise guest at the meeting, and he addressed the group by reiterating his commitment to see that “Yale’s financial and administrative operations set a new standard for higher education and become as capable as those serving the best corporations in this country.”

In addition to these speakers, Jack Beecher, Senior Director of Business Operations for Other Academic and Support Units, reviewed the proposed meeting structure for Business Managers; Janet Lindner, Associate Vice President for Administrative Services, reviewed the current plans for the West Campus; and Gwendolyn Sykes, Associate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, reviewed the structure of her department and goals for the year.  The group also heard a presentation about “Leadership, Influence and Trust,” by Professor Michael Morris of the University of New Haven.

The agenda and other materials from the meeting are available at  If you have any questions about what was discussed at the meeting, please feel free to contact any member of the Business Operations Leadership Team (also listed on the Business Operations web site).