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Strategic Plan Writing Group Holds Town Hall, Invites Input from Dugoni School Community

November  04, 2011

The newly formed Strategic Planning Writing Group recently held an open town hall meeting to engage the school community and inform them about the process of updating the school's strategic plan.

In January 2007, Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr. charged the first Strategic Planning Writing Group to assist the school in developing a strategic plan for the next five to seven years. Four years after implementation began, the school is now ready to update its strategic plan in significant ways, taking into account new factors such as the school's plan to relocate within San Francisco in the next few years. The new cross-departmental writing group, announced last month by Dean Ferrillo, will work on the project for six months.

The goal of the school's strategic plan, Advancing Greatness, is to provide the road map for the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's growth as an institution, with the goal of attaining higher levels of national and international prominence.

The Writing Group will utilize input from students, faculty, staff, University administrators, alumni and other major stakeholders as it updates the plan. Members of the school community should look for more communication and open forums planned by the group as it moves forward with the project.

For more information about the process to update the plan, or to share your ideas, please contact Dr. Parag Kachalia, Writing Group chair, at

Other members of the group are Dr. Roy Bergstrom, director of Planning; Alex Blaseio, Class of 2013; Vanessa Bricker, manager, Clinical Sciences; Dr. Cindy Lyon, chair of the Department of Dental Practice; Dr. Nader Nadershahi, executive associate dean and associate dean for Academic Affairs; Dr. Ove Peters, professor, Department of Endodontics; and Dan Soine, director of Marketing and Communications.

Additional background and archives of the work of the previous Writing Group and Implementation Planning Task Force can be found in the Strategic Plan section of the school web site at

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