In 2007, Provost Sullivan charged the seven St. Paul deans, convened by Kate
VandenBosch and Bob Kvavik, to identify themes defining the mission of the St. Paul campus
for the future. Ideally, these themes will unify clusters of research and academic programs and
bring new energy to the campus. A desired outcome is to use the clusters to identify campus
precincts aligned with the themes. The defined themes will also provide context for assigning
new programmatic initiatives to St. Paul, planning new research facilities in St. Paul, aligning
building use with academic priorities, and maximizing use of classroom space.