Where are we? Where do we want to be? How will we get there? How will we know when we arrive?
These questions form the foundation for strategic planning, a process that the College of Veterinary Medicine is beginning this fall in preparation for the coming five years. The college’s accomplishments over the past seven years were recognized with continued accreditation by the AVMA Council on Education in November, 2012. There is still much work to be done as we continue to assess, refine, and benchmark our performance against peer institutions and AVMA standards in the areas of instruction, research, and outreach. Moreover, the college must identify and direct its resources toward those initiatives that are consistent with a strategic plan that builds on Auburn’s traditional strengths while cultivating new opportunities. If we are to be bold and visionary in our growth, then we need to establish priorities and prepare for progressive change. There is no better example of this than the construction of the state-of-the-art Wilford S. and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital, which will be dedicated on April 11, 2014.
Calvin M. Johnson, ‘86