Vision 2020’s strategic priorities include expanding translational research, enhancing value in lifetime education and identifying other areas of distinction through cross-institutional collaborations between the School, the Primate Center and the Tropical Disease Center. Chaired by Tonette Krousel-Wood, MD, associate dean and associate provost for health sciences, the planning project engaged nearly 1,000 alumni, students, trainees, faculty and staff earlier this year in stakeholder surveys. More than 100 faculty, staff and students served on planning committees that developed specific activities to bring the plan to life. As the University prepares to welcome a new president, this plan provides the School’s defined areas of focus and priorities to further enhance its position in the dynamically changing environment of Academic Medical Centers. . As a result of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the School of Medicine temporarily relocated to Baylor University in Texas, and as part of its reestablishment in New Orleans has been a major partner in the city’s and region’s renewal.