Presidential Goal #5: Transform Penn State’s internal operations


By Chris Buchignani


Dr. Michael Wade Smith, a long-time trusted advisor to President Bendapudi, is tasked with combatting bureaucratic creep, modernizing operations, and restructuring the University’s finances. He will lead the charge on improving operational efficiency, setting spending priorities, and attracting and retaining top talent. He will be joined by co-leads Kathy Bieschke (Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs) and Sara Thorndike (Senior Vice President for Finance and Business/Treasurer).

Focus areas that caught our eye:

  • Streamlining operations and processes to improve user experience, create efficiencies and potential savings
  • Achieving a balanced budget by July 1, 2025
  • Implementing the Compensation Modernization Initiative to become an employer of choice

Read the full article on Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi’s vision for the University


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