May 21, 2009
I am writing to you today to keep you informed of the inevitable budget situation for the upcoming year and to present you with solid information that you can use to weigh rumors you may hear. There is no question that this is a difficult time in the life of the University as we face the loss of programs and see employees who’ve dedicated themselves to the success of UNCP leave due to budget cuts.
As you know, we developed reduction plans based on three, five, and seven percent cuts earlier this year. Because we are confident that FY10 budget reductions will be greater than five percent, we implemented our five percent plan, which impacted operational costs and personnel. A summary of the personnel actions taken include eliminating 23 vacant positions, moving seven state-funded positions to non-state funding sources, non-renewing three EPA contracts, and discontinuing three EPA non-teaching positions.
FY10 budget cut percentages between five and 15% are circulating throughout the media as a result of the State budget discussions. Frankly, we won’t know the size of the budget cut until the General Assembly completes their work, the Governor signs off on a budget, and the UNC Board of Governors and General Administration provides guidance to the campuses. UNCP continues to prepare itself for a budget cut up to 15%.
A large proportion of the University’s budget is salaries and benefits. Additional cuts may regrettably impact personnel in addition to the loss of programs. Until we know the FY10 budget cut we will face, we cannot know how many personnel positions we may lose. I assure you that we will do everything possible to minimize personnel cuts. It is noteworthy to remember that when a position is rifted or discontinued as a result of the daunting budget cuts we face, it bears no reflection on an employee’s performance.
This is painful news to share with our close-knit University family. We ask for your support and patience as we navigate this economy. As we face the challenges in the upcoming months, we will follow the guidelines as laid out in our guiding principles.
Allen C. Meadors, Ph.D., FACHE
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Updated: Thursday, September 30, 2010
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