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University Planning Committee

The University Planning Committee (UPC) is the body responsible for coordinating university-level assessment, planning, program review, and resource allocation processes. Its membership includes the president, the vice presidents, the provost (chair), the vice provost, each of the deans of the five schools, three faculty representatives, and other executives who manage key areas, such as the director of athletics and the dean of libraries. The UPC facilitates the annual process for considering tuition and housing rates; the annual budgeting process; reviewing the findings of academic and co-curricular program reviews, and articulating and monitoring strategic initiatives at the University level.

This site is designed to facilitate community input regarding UPC program reviews, budget priorities, and strategic planning by the committee. Community feedback is vital to the Committee's work – we hope that you will take some time to read and respond to the material posted on this site.



Committee Membership


  • James Gash, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Jay Brewster, Provost, UPC chairperson
  • Sara Jackson, Chancellor
  • Gary Hanson, Executive Vice President
  • Tim Perrin, Senior Vice President for Strategic Implementation
  • Lauren Cosentino, Vice President for Advancement and Chief Development Officer
  • Jeffrey Rhode, Chief Investment Officer
  • Lee Kats, Interim Dean, Seaver College
  • Paul Caron, Dean, Caruso School of Law
  • Deborah Crown, Dean, Graziadio Business School
  • Farzin Madjidi, Dean, Graduate School of Education and Psychology
  • Pete Peterson, Dean, School of Public Policy
  • Mark Roosa, Dean of Libraries
  • Connie Horton, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Lila Carlsen, Interim Vice Provost 
  • Phil Phillips, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Greg Ramirez, Chief Financial Officer
  • Jaye Goosby Smith, Vice President for Community Belonging and Chief Diversity Officer
  • Nicolle Taylor, Vice President and Chief Business Officer
  • Sean Burnett, Senior Vice President for Integrated Marketing Communications and Chief Marketing Officer
  • Steve Potts, Director of Athletics
  • Kevin Wong, Faculty Representative, Graduate School of Education and Psychology*
  • Richard Cupp, Faculty Representative, Caruso School of Law*
  • Gary Mangiofico, Faculty Representative, Graziadio Business School*
  • Kevin Groves, Faculty Representative, Graziadio Business School* (alternate)
  • Matt Joyner, Faculty Representative, Seaver College*
  • Dayea Oh, Faculty Representative, School of Public Policy*

*Five faculty representatives are nominated by the University Faculty Council from across all schools and are appointed by the provost and president for staggered three-year terms (one new representative being appointed each fall).