TO: Faculty and Staff
FR: Stephen T. Hulbert, President
Yesterday, as my senior administrative colleagues and I greeted members of the university community attending the Holiday Gumbo luncheon, a number of individuals asked whether we had heard about any mid-year budget cut. At the time, our answer was “thankfully no!” Sadly, less than twenty-four hours later, the picture has changed.
This morning, we were greeted with newspaper and television coverage speaking of a shortfall and anticipated cuts. While we finally learned of our share of the twenty-two million dollar reduction to higher education just before noon, the state administration had already notified the media with the specifics. As such, while we had barely learned of the $455,349 cut figure, the local media already had that information and was asking for specifics regarding the impact campus-wide.
While we haven’t been given specific instruction from the state as to just how soon we have to turn in data regarding the implications of this latest budget reduction, obviously, it will be in the very near future. Because we have had a mid-year budget cut almost every year over the last six years, we anticipated such an occurrence. That being said, we will work to develop various scenarios for the next fiscal year.