Board of Executives Endorses Revised Center Vision and Mission
ATLANTA, GA -- May 8, 2006. As mentioned in the April 2006 issue
of the CPBIS newsletter, we have been working diligently with the
CPBIS Board of Executives (BoE), the CPBIS Industry Advisory Board,
and the Georgia Tech administration to develop and implement
vehicles and programs to ensure the long-term sustainability of the
center. A key element in this process has been the development and
subsequent endorsement by the BoE of the center’s
Sustainability Plan, an overarching document that lays out
strategies for ensuring that we remain an industry-valued, academic
center of high quality.
A BoE subcommittee formed to help guide the development of the
Sustainability Plan began by reviewing the center’s vision
statement. The original vision statement, while appropriate when it
was formulated, emphasized paper production, and was somewhat
lengthy: “The Center for Paper Business and Industry Studies
is a globally recognized and industry-valued academic center,
creating knowledge and tools that support paper industry
decision-makers, and producing interdisciplinary graduates who
contribute to the long-term success of the paper
The subcommittee considered the term “paper
industry” to be overly restrictive. Many traditional paper
companies have transformed themselves into, for example, packaging
or consumer products companies. After much debate, the term
“forest products industry” was chosen to encompass the
firms and organizations upon which the center’s activities
are focused. Another key point made by the subcommittee was that
the Industry is indeed global, a circumstance that makes it
appropriate to reach beyond the borders of the U.S. or North
America. Our original vision statement did not explicitly
articulate this important aspect.
These new vision and mission statements have positioned us to move forward with a more clearly articulated set of goals and objectives.
About CPBIS: The Center for Paper Business and Industry Studies (CPBIS) is an internationally recognized academic research center providing business knowledge of relevance to the global forest products industry. The CPBIS is cosponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and the Paper Industry.