Impact could be near $33M in budget cuts for the University of Wyoming

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - Deans and directors at the University of Wyoming met yesterday morning to further discuss Gov. Matt Mead's recommendation for statewide budget cuts , May 10. Although the university is still in the planning phase - waiting on a final number from Mead's office - Chris Boswell, Vice President of Government and Communications Affairs at UW, says the university is preparing for the speculative eight percent, approximately $33 million , in budget reductions. Boswell stated to Pitchengine Communities that this eight percent figure is in addition to the one-and-a-half percent reduction instituted during the 2016 Wyoming Legislature Budget Session. "We're planning for cuts now, Deans and Directors and other department heads had a meeting earlier this morning regarding these cuts but there has been no definite number from the Governor's office," Boswell stated. University of Wyoming's new President, Laurie Nichols , arrives on Monday (May 16) and is aware of the situation but will become more involved in the conversations upon her arrival. "Eventuality of a cut of this magnitude cannot be supplied across the board," Boswell said. "Decisions will be made before the start of the July 1 Biennium." While payroll makes a large majority of UW's expenses, the cuts will undoubtedly have an effect on staffing. But to what extent remains to be seen. Boswell says specifics on UW's cuts are expected to be made in the coming weeks, but no definite cuts have yet been made. #shortgo #news #county10 #springcity #county17 #oilcity #buckrail #reboot #dally