Oakland University
Friday, September 12, 2014

Betty J. Youngblood appointed VP for organizational development and strategic planning

Betty J. Youngblood
President George W. Hynd announced that Betty J. Youngblood, Ph.D. has been appointed vice president for organizational development and strategic planning effective immediately.  In this position, she will provide leadership in guiding the development, implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive strategic plan for the University, consistent with its priorities.

The position requires working closely with the OU community regarding the mission and vision for the University's future; developing short- and long-term goals; identifying and monitoring key performance measures; developing very specific goals along with action steps and milestones to achieve the goals; as well as determining the processes by which the strategic plan will be monitored and regularly updated.

The University's effective implementation of a strategic plan and its success in meeting performance measures depend upon an efficient organizational structure.  Accordingly, Dr. Youngblood will assist the president in reviewing the University's organizational structure and make recommendations to enhance efficiency and operation.

"Successful universities infuse strategic planning into their thinking and decision-making. They regularly fine-tune and adapt their organizational structure to ensure the success of their continuing strategic planning efforts," said President George W. Hynd. "The entire University community needs to understand where we are going as an organization, and this means agreeing upon priorities, goals and ways of measuring our success."

"We are incredibly fortunate to have a new president who is determined to do what is necessary to position the University for a successful future. Dr. Hynd has high expectations for OU and for the campus community, and I am extremely pleased to serve as a member of his leadership team," said Betty J. Youngblood.

Prior to serving as Oakland University interim president, Youngblood served as associate vice president for university outreach and executive director of OU-Macomb. Prior to OU, Youngblood, CAS '65, was president of Lake Superior State University, after serving as president of Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Ore., and chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Oakland University in South Asian Area studies. She earned her Ph.D. in political science and a Master of Arts in South Asian area studies at the University of Minnesota.

Former interim president has been appointed vice president for organizational development and strategic planning effective immediately.

Created by Brian Bierley (bierley@oakland.edu) on Friday, September 12, 2014
Modified by Colleen Campbell (cjcampbell@oakland.edu) on Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Article Start Date: Friday, September 12, 2014