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Office of Project Management & Strategic Consulting

The Office of Project Management and Strategic Consulting supports Tulane’s administrative units by providing consultation and expertise for major initiatives and change efforts.

  • Strategic Planning: Assist in bench marking, establishing goals, identifying the actions needed for transformation, and methods for determining success.
  • Portfolio Management: Help units to identify and prioritize needs in order to focus on the right set of programs and projects at the right time.
  • Project Management: Deliver expertise and support to ensure that projects are executed successfully, within budget and on schedule.
  • Change Management: Provide guidance and support in navigating and communicating change.
  • Process Improvement: Work with units to identify opportunities to optimize services, eliminate waste, and increase value.
  • Support a Community of Practice: Develop skills within the Tulane community through building partnerships, sharing knowledge, and by providing training, tools, and templates.



Jai Shankar joined Tulane in May 2019 as the Assistant Vice President of Project Management and Strategic Consulting.  A newly created department, this office supports and explores many of the initiatives charged by the Office of the COO.   

Jai spent much of his career in Higher Education leading strategic, operational and technology transformations, with experience in the fields of Finance, Human Resources, Facilities, Student Accounts, Grants Management, Financial Aid and Enrollment Management.   Prior to joining Tulane, Jai was with the Middlebury College for 15 years where he took on various responsibilities.  He was a member of the due diligence team that resulted in a merger with the Monterey Institute (now called Middlebury Institute) in CA.  After the merger, Jai spent six years at the Middlebury Institute where he oversaw Finance, Budget and Planning, HR, Facilities and Business Services. 

Jai is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey with a degree in Economics, and a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University with a Master’s in Organizational Leadership.