The Swensen Fellows in Strategic Analysis program was established in 2015. The goal of the fellowship is to build a network of intelligent and enthusiastic analysts to work on the most complex strategic challenges facing Yale and help enable University leaders make decisions that best advance Yale’s mission. Fellows work in the Office of Strategic Analysis, under the direction of Associate Vice President Tim Pavlis. Tim joined Yale in 2015 after over a decade as a strategy consultant, most recently as Principal at Bain & Company in San Francisco. The group reports jointly to the Provost, Scott Strobel, and the SVP of Operations, Jack Callahan, and benefits from the support and frequent engagement of President Peter Salovey and other University leaders.
Our work spans the campus, from Science Hill to the Medical School, from the College and Graduate School to the Professional Schools. We address a broad spectrum of topics including: defining and measuring excellence, setting priorities, improving performance, and allocating scarce resources across the units that comprise Yale. The decisions we support will have a decisive impact on the future of Yale. We measure our results in the actions taken by University leaders,and collaborate closely with them as partners in this endeavor.
We believe the world needs more talented and dedicated analytically-minded leaders, so we envision the fellowship as a training ground for leadership at Yale and beyond. Beyond the initial fellowship, we expect Fellows to assume leadership roles across the University, in other higher ed institutions, or in other organizations, whether for-profit or non-profit.