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In the newly created position, Bryson will track and report the University's progress on strategic goals.
The University of Arizona has named Barbara Bryson as vice president for strategic planning and analysis, effective March 24.
In the newly created position, Bryson will track and report the University's progress on strategic goals. She will report directly to UA President Ann Weaver Hart and will work with senior campus leaders to develop and monitor objectives and metrics for the UA's academic, financial and operating strategies.
"We are so thrilled to welcome Dr. Bryson to the UA family," Hart said. "Her experience and expertise will make her a tremendous asset in realizing the vision and goals of our Never Settle strategic plan. She will help ensure that we are on track to meet the challenging yet critical objectives that we have laid out for our University."
Bryson is currently the associate vice president for facilities engineering and planning at Rice University in Houston, where she taught in the School of Architecture and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining Rice, Bryson worked at the University of Miami and at architectural firms in Dallas and Nashville, Tenn., and at a construction company in Coral Gables, Fla.
At Rice, Bryson has been responsible for university-wide planning that integrates academic, financial, operational and maintenance aspects. Her many accomplishments include creating an integrated campus master plan that addressed Rice's goal to enhance research and teaching relationships with member institutions of the Texas Medical Center. She also oversaw the planning and development of Rice's BioScience Research Collaborative, a project inspired by Rice Provost and former UA College of Science Dean Eugene Levy. In addition, Bryson directed a study of Rice's science and engineering research space to better allocate resources for institutional priorities.
Bryson was chosen for the UA position following a national search led by Jeff Goldberg, dean of the UA College of Engineering.
"My husband and I could not be more excited about joining the UA family and I am privileged to support the University community as we together take on the challenges of the Never Settle strategic plan," said Bryson, who also will teach in the UA College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture.
The UA launched its Never Settle strategic academic and business plan last year. The plan is built on four pillars: engaging, innovating, partnering and synergy. Its goals include, among other things, growing the University's research enterprise, building relationships with key community partners and guaranteeing 100 percent student engagement – that is, ensuring all students get hands-on experience outside the classroom to help prepare them for life post-graduation.