Town-Hall Meeting on UW Budget Wednesday, Thursday

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May 23, 2016 — University of Wyoming employees and students have an opportunity to learn more about the university’s approach to budget reductions during a town-hall meeting this week.

Employees and students will have the choice of two sessions: Wednesday, May 25, from 3:30-5 p.m., and Thursday, May 26, from 9-10:30 a.m. Both will take place in the Wyoming Union ballroom.

“It is important that the UW community understands the scope of the reductions the university faces and the task that is ahead of us, both in the short term and the long term,” UW President Laurie Nichols says. “During these meetings, we will explain the administration’s approach to reductions in state funding and the guiding principles we will follow to assure that UW emerges from this experience as a strong, vibrant institution.”

In addition to a presentation by Nichols and other UW leaders, the meetings will include question-and-answer periods.

Nichols has approved 90 minutes of release time for UW employees to each attend one of the sessions. The scheduling of release time should be a collaborative discussion between employee and supervisor to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the unit.

UW employees unable to attend in person may view the meetings on the WyoCast system. The link to Wednesday’s meeting is https://wyocast.uwyo.edu/WyoCast/Play/27ca75a5518346b08f24ca016c9d88ce1d. Thursday’s meeting may be viewed at https://wyocast.uwyo.edu/WyoCast/Play/2e5ab9c8ad8c4e84b12aa14e95cc4af01d.

The president welcomes input on these issues and others via email at uwpres@uwyo.edu.

In response to forecasts of deepening state revenue shortfalls, Gov. Matt Mead has ordered a reduction of $35 million to UW’s state appropriation for the 2017-18 biennium. That’s on top of a $5.8 million reduction resulting from action during the 2016 legislative session.

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