The Strategic Planning Action and Resource Committee (SPARC) will create and carry out a fluid implementation of the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan that builds upon a library of tactics that were collected during the plan development phase.
SPARC is also the institutional manager of the P3 program.  

Strategic Plan Charge

SPARC members will be assigned accountability in specific areas based on their expertise to ensure strategies are implemented that support the strategic plan’s objectives and goals. The team will engage with subject-matter experts and convene working groups that include those who work directly with students, faculty, and staff to: 

  • Further develop, add to, prioritize, and carry out critical tactics 

  • Identify resources needed to carry out the activities 

  • Develop a timeline and indicators of progress 

  • Review, and revise as needed, the implementation plan to reflect new challenges and opportunities

P3 Charge

SPARC will: 

  • solicit campuswide proposals to compete in the P3 Program funding process;
  • vet and recommend allocation of funds to support strategic initiatives to the provost and president; 
  • review P3 proposal advancement towards project goals and evaluate impact on institutional goals and metrics;
  • report to campus leadership groups regarding funding and project progression as well as communicate to campus at key intervals; and
  • consult with content area experts as needed.

Membership

Members of SPARC include:

  • Kevin Kregel (Chair), executive vice president and provost, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost 
  • Nicholas Benson, executive director, Office of Community Engagement, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost 
  • Karen Butler, chief of staff, Office of the Vice President for Medical Affairs  
  • Steve Fleagle, associate vice president and CIO, Information Technology Services  
  • Lois Geist, associate provost for faculty, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost 
  • Sarah Hansen, vice president for student life, Division of Student Life 
  • Brooks Jackson, vice president for medical affairs, and dean, Carver College of Medicine 
  • Wayne Jacobson, director, Office of Assessment, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost 
  • Rod Lehnertz, senior vice president for finance and operations, Office of Finance and Operations 
  • Peter Matthes, vice president for external relations and senior advisor to the president, Office of the President 
  • Lynette Marshall, president and CEO, UI Center for Advancement 
  • Laura McLeran, associate vice president for administrative affairs and senior advisor to the president, Office of the President  
  • Edith Parker, dean, College of Public Health 
  • Cheryl Reardon, chief human resources officer and associate vice president, University Human Resources 
  • Sara Sanders, dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
  • Marty Scholtz (P3 Program Coordinator for SPARC), vice president for research, Office of the Vice President for Research 
  • Donald Szeszycki, associate vice president and director of administration and planning, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost  
  • Amanda Haertling Thein, associate provost for graduate and professional education, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, and dean, Graduate College 
  • Elizabeth Tovar, executive officer for diversity, equity, and inclusion and associate vice president, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost 
  • Tanya Uden-Holman, associate provost for undergraduate education, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, and dean, University College 

Support Team: 

  • Kathryn Andrews, sr. executive assistant to the provost, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost 
  • Mirra Anson, coordinator of strategic plan and student success initiatives, and sr. director, academic support and retention, University College 
  • Joseph Bilotta, campus planner, Campus Planning and Development Office, Office of Finance and Operations 
  • Kim Carter, executive administrative assistant, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost 
  • Kyle Hughes, director of communications, Office the Executive Vice President and Provost 
  • Jayme Johnson Strike, office manager, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost  
  • Charlie Taylor, director of communications, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost 
  • Michael Weaver, program manager and executive assistant, Office of the Vice President for Research 
  • Kristina Yows, associate director for administration and planning, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost