Frances Dykstra Named Director of Integrated Administrative Systems
As Project X winds down, Yale administrators are gearing up to the challenges of Phase 2 implementation.In anticipation of the changing landscape Yale's first Director of Integrated Administrative Systems
, Frances Dykstra
, has been appointed reporting jointly to associate vice presidents for Finance, Janet Ackerman and for Administration, Peter Vallone.
...Fran Dykstra is an 18-month veteran of Project X where she worked with both the Procurement and HR/Payroll teams and most recently was director of integrated testing.
This function required working closely with the teams to coordinate their efforts.Before Project X, Fran was manager of information systems for Yale's pathology department where she worked for ten and a half years.The University of Virginia
and Brown were earlier stops along Fran's career path.Fran
is exuberant about her
work and the new position."I love my job!"she
says."This is a great thing to be doing."
The creation of this position acknowledges the critical nature of Yale's
new integrated business systems."The wonderful thing," Fran
says, "about integrated systems is ... they're integrated.The problem is, of course, ... they're integrated.This means that any change in procedure or data structures has far reaching effects."It will be Fran Dykstra's
responsibility to preserve the integrity of the interactions of Yale
administrative units by ensuring that daily activities as well as development efforts are coordinated."As we move forward, we want to predict and plan for the consequences of changes."
As Project X
invented the comprehensive integration of Yale
's administrative processes, the director of Integrated Administrative Systems
will continue development and maintenance.We can expect to hear much more about this initiative and Fran Dykstra's
vision as planning and organization move forward over the next several months.