Administrative Innovation

Rendering of Smith Campus Center renovations

Administrative Innovation supports the overall excellence of Harvard University by understanding and serving the needs of the Corporation, schools, students, faculty, staff, alumni and communities.We coordinate and optimize University-wide planning and risk mitigation with a focus towards long-term impact. Through dynamic and collaborative partnerships, we provide high-quality and efficient services to the schools.


Harvard Administrative Innovation Group

 The President’s Administrative Innovation Fund (PAIF) was created to catalyze administrative innovation and collaboration across Harvard by investing in staff-generated, creative solutions that enhance our ability to support faculty and students.  In the 2016 inaugural year, the innovation fund received proposals with ideas focused on academic administration, service delivery and/or talent development.  

The PAIF was created by the Harvard Administrative Innovation Group, a group of 100 senior leaders from across the University who meet twice per year to collaborate on University priorities and focus on the President’s One Harvard goal.

Broadcast Communications

As consumers and senders of broadcast email, we all have a stake in the quality of digital communications at Harvard. The Office of the EVP and Harvard Public Affairs & Communications have worked jointly over the past few years to improve broadcast email—make it more effective, more efficient, and more engaging.

In collaboration with Harvard University Information Technology and the Emergency Management team, we’re also taking the opportunity to pilot and operationalize policies, evaluate systems, and identify support to help make our communications more timely and relevant for the benefit of the entire Harvard community. With these improvements, our goal is to support the quality of our communications while preserving our digital pathways for important—and sometimes emergent, messaging.

Central Administration staff should consult with their local communications representatives for more guidance on broadcast communication.