(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
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
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.
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