West Georgia Voices
Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues at the University of West Georgia:
The severe budget challenges across the nation, and of particular interest to us, in Georgia, have had a serious impact on UWG. All faculty and staff are faced with increased insurance premiums, and our students will be assessed an additional $100 fee for the Spring semester. On the positive side, however, it is my pleasure to also inform you that your salary increases will go into effect as planned in January.
To understand these events completely, it is important for us to recognize a few key points:
1. Most importantly, I am grateful to you for your work and your continued contributions to UWG and to our students. We could not be successful without you.
2. The impact of the budget cuts both personally and professionally are significant ones, and I acknowledge those and deeply regret the necessity for them.
3. At times of stress, it is not uncommon to play the “blame game.” I earnestly request that we not
4. We cannot over-emphasize the significance of the fact that, while UWG is one of the lower funded institutions, we have managed our scarce resources very well – this is thanks to our excellent leadership all across our campus. Particularly in this cycle, we exhibited extraordinarily sound fiscal planning when we built the FY 2009 budget. And so, today we find ourselves in much better shape to withstand the bad economic news than many of our peer institutions which are considering far more draconian measures than we are planning for. If the economic news does not get any worse, we will not have to come back to individual departments for mid-year budget cuts.
5. Because of our strong belief in the worth of the work of all individuals on this campus and because our good fiscal planning made it possible, we sent very strong messages to our bosses in Atlanta that we wanted to continue with our commitment to honor all raises which had been announced for January. This commitment impacts our budget significantly, not only for the current fiscal year (FY 2009), but for next year as well (FY 2010), because when we commit to a salary increase, we have to find the necessary amount in FY 09 and an additional amount for FY10 and thereafter (actually, the FY10 amount is even greater than that for FY09 because of vacant positions). In spite of this budget impact, we have strongly supported increases for all colleagues. Excerpts from a recent e-mail from me below:
I hope that you will take comfort in the fact that your university fought for and helped retain your
Happy Holidays to all of you – let me end as I started, with an expression of sincere thanks to each and every one of you.
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