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Message from Chancellor Brady to the Campus

Posted on Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 under Budget News

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

Yesterday (March 17) Governor Beverly Perdue released her budget to the North Carolina General Assembly. As anticipated her budget outlines significant reductions for all state agencies. Because of the extent of the economic challenges we face, Governor Perdue’s budget cuts the UNC System’s appropriations by $167.9 million. However, the Governor’s budget does provide funding for enrollment growth for next year and provides us with adequate funding for need-based financial aid. These are critical funds we need in order to protect the University’s core academic mission.

This is the first step in the state budget process. Throughout the spring, the Senate and House of Representatives will develop and negotiate budget proposals until an agreement is reached and a final budget recommendation is sent to the Governor for her signature.

No doubt you have heard and read much about the state’s economic situation and will continue to. Last December, then-Governor Easley requested all state agencies — including The University of North Carolina system — develop budget reduction options of 3 percent, 5 percent and 7 percent to be effective with the new fiscal year. Because these are public records some media will be referring to these budget reduction scenarios. During the budget process it is very important to remember the budget proposals you read about are just that – proposals. The budget process is very fluid and we will not know the extent of UNCG’s budget cuts until the 2009 – 10 budget is approved.

In order to stay informed Business Affairs has developed a budget website which will be updated with information as we receive it. It can be found at http://budgetcentral.uncg.edu. As in the past, I encourage the campus community to submit your own and review other’s ideas for cost savings at the UNCG PACE web page. Department heads and those with budget responsibility may also benefit from considering the suggested cost saving ideas.

Sincerely,

Linda P. Brady
Chancellor

Posted in Budget News.