Key Capabilities: Leadership-Level Financial Resources

Significantly enhanced financial resources are essential.

The Office of University Development has been expanded substantially over the past two years. Gifts to the University have continued to grow, even as the economy contracted, and plans are being made for the University’s next capital campaign. Development officers are now in place for all colleges, and similar assignments for University-wide institutes, the UD Library and other units should be considered.

As noted elsewhere in this report, research activities and expenditures continue to grow impressively, and University researchers were particularly successful in winning ARRA funding. The Office of Research Development has been created within the Research Office to support the expansion of proposal activities, particularly large multidisciplinary proposals and partnerships with other institutions. As with the major construction and renovation needs already discussed, it is important to plan, manage and budget for the capital needs of core research instrumentation and computing facilities.