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Shared Governance at Detroit Mercy: Strategic Planning and Budget, Facilities, and Safety Team

Strategic Planning and Budget, Facilities, and Safety Team

The Strategic Planning and Budget, Facilities, and Safety Team can assist in developing or updating a strategic plan, provide input about the current strategic plan, and/or work with the administration to monitor the progress of a university plan. The Team is available for consultation with the administrative leadership of the university, specifically regarding strategic planning necessary to address academic issues. The Budget Team may provide advice to the President regarding budget priorities and concerns as they relate to core academic issues. The Facilities Planning, Standards and Safety Team advises the Vice President for Business and Finance on topics such as prioritization of renovation projects and capital improvements as well as new projects, university-wide facility compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), recommendations for improving campus esthetics, suggestions for improving campus safety and OSHA compliance, chemical safety, and monitoring and revising of the university’s emergency response plan. The Team advises the Vice President for Business and Finance regarding the academic implications and concerns stemming from various facilities plans.

Strategic Planning and Budget, Facilities, and Safety Team Structure

Ten-member team reports to the President of the University or the President’s designee, the Provost/VPAA

  • one Corktown campus representative
  • one Riverfront campus representative
  • one faculty member selected by the MFA from among its members
  • one elected representative of the McNichols campus faculty
  • one support staff representative
  • five administrative representatives: the Provost/VPAA, and one each from Advancement, Finance, Facilities Operations, and Athletics

Strategic Planning and Budget, Facilities, and Safety Team Minutes

No minutes have been submitted.

Strategic Planning and Budget, Facilities, and Safety Team Roster

Corktown Campus
Anthony Neely (term expires 3/21)*

Riverfront Campus
Amy Smith (term expires 3/21)*

MFA Representative
Gnanada Joshi (term expires 3/20)

McNichols Campus Faculty
Donald DiPaolo (term expires 3/20)

Staff Representative
Megan Novell (term expires 3/21)

Administrative Representatives
Pamela Zarkowski, Provost/VPAA (term not limited)
Arnold D'Ambrosio, VP for Advancement (term expires 3/21)*
Kimberly Koelb, Office of the Controller (term expires 3/20)
Dave Vanderlinder, Director, Facility Operations and Construction Management, Construction Planning (term expires 3/21)*
Robert Vowels, Athletic Director, Athletics Administration (term 3/21)*

Invited Participants
John Hitchings, Athletics Administration (term expires 3/20)
Karen Lee, AVP for Academic Administration (term expires 3/21) - Co-Chair
Dan Pitera, Dean, School of Architecture (term expires 3/20) - Co-Chair

*Served two two-year terms. Ineligible for a third term.

Committee and Team Roles and Responsibilities

2019-2024 Strategic Plan

Strategic Planning and Budget, Facilities, and Safety Team Charges

2019-2020 Strategic Planning and Budget, Facilities, and Safety Team Charges

Please note:  Create subcommittees of the team to address Budget, Facilities and Safety Team charges when appropriate.

Strategic Planning

  1. Invite the previous co-chairs to attend a meeting or meetings to assist in bridging the transition from developing the Strategic Plan to the Implementation of the Strategic Plan.
  2. Propose recommendations for the distribution and marketing of the Strategic Plan to both internal and external stakeholders.
  3. Review the Strategic Plan and refine assignment of responsibilities, priorities, etc.
  4. Review the action plans and tactics with Vice Presidents, Deans, Associate Vice Presidents and key leaders with responsibility for implementation and outcomes.
  5. Identify a team member to input the full plan into Campus Labs.
  6. Identify a subcommittee, the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan Implementation Committee. Task the subcommittee with monitoring and managing the implementation process.

Budget

  1. Identify a Standing Budget Subcommittee and its membership.
  2. Provide input into long-range planning processes and suggest ideas for how college/school or unit strategic plans could support or be consistent with the university plan.
  3. Serve in an advisory capacity when requested to:

-Provide advice to the President regarding budget priorities and concerns as they relate to core academic issues.

-Provide input regarding issues that include budgeting assumptions, capital spending plans, and tuition and fee increases.

-Advise the Vice President for Business and Finance on topics such as prioritization of renovation projects and capital improvements as well as new projects, university-wide facility compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), recommendations for improving campus aesthetics, suggestions for improving campus safety and OSHA compliance, chemical safety, and monitoring and revising of the university’s emergency response plan.

Safety and Facilities

  1. Develop a description for a Standing Subcommittee for Health and Safety of the Strategic Planning, Budget and Facilities and Safety Team that includes the following:

-Recommended membership composed of both faculty and an administrator. Determine terms and number of members. With two other members of the Team to draft a description, create a schedule etc. The UDMPU requests that one member of the Committee be from the UDMPU.

-Create a schedule that includes an assessment of campus facilities to review ongoing health and safety concerns. A walk through should occur each semester, thus it is recommended that one third of the buildings on the McNichols Campus should be evaluated each term. Each walkthrough event will also include a subsequent meeting in which a report is drafted identifying significant concerns. Issues identified that are not significant will also be documented. A report will be shared with the UDMPU leadership, Strategic Planning, Budget and Facilities and Safety Team, and Facilities Department.

-Once a walkthrough schedule is created, it is suggested that a UDMPU rep from the relevant building being toured accompany the walk-through but not be a member of the committee.

-The subcommittee is expected to meet three times a year to include a walkthrough of McNichols buildings identified for that term and/or evaluate progress on issues identified in a previous walkthrough.

  1. Address safety issues such as risk management, emergency plan, major disasters, chemical safety, signage, and other safety and well-being concerns as well as establish a process or other work groups to address its charge.

Strategic Planning and Budget, Facilities, and Safety Team General Charges 2019-2020

  • Review the attached Roles and Responsibilities for MFA Committees and University Teams. Note important dates.
  • Review the University of Detroit Mercy 2019-2024 Strategic Plan.
  • Check the webpage for the specific Team or Committee to determine information provided is accurate.
  • Keep the University community informed of committee/team activities by providing mid-year and annual reports to be posted to the shared governance website. The secretary of the committee is responsible for sending these documents to sharedgovernance@udmercy.edu.