Chancellor Linda P. Brady spoke with UNCG Staff Senate and answered questions and also sent an email to all employees last week, to provide an update on next year’s budget.
She noted that in the past several weeks she has engaged with the university community in a variety of settings – with students, faculty, staff, academic department heads, members of our Board of Trustees and others.
She has reconsidered the initial allocation decision she shared with executive staff and the Deans Council in January.
“Notably, I have reduced the initial allocation to Academic Affairs from 84 percent of the total budget cut to 73 percent,” she said in her email. “The gap has been closed through the allocation of deeper cuts to other divisions of the university. While this does not exempt Academic Affairs from the budget cuts, it does, I believe, reflect the priority we place on our academic mission.”
She said that in coming weeks, the provost, vice chancellors, members of Deans Council, department heads and supervisors will work with faculty and staff to determine how best to make these reductions. She has made it clear that across-the-board reductions will not be supported, and that our primary goal must be to protect instruction and efforts to restore enrollment.
She encouraged employees to get involved in the process within their school/college, department or other administrative unit.
“I have asked that provisional plans be prepared by the end of March,” she said, “to enable me to present the overall university plan to the Faculty Senate on April 2.”