Lombardi to seek fee hike, makes deeper
By Sarah R. Buchholz,
hancellor John V. Lombardi announced an additional
$5.66 million in budget reductions in a June 24 memo to the campus.
The reductions, paired with the $15.8 million in cuts Lombardi previously
announced for a total of $21.5 million, put the campus just over
half-way toward covering a $41 million gap in funding for fiscal
The reductions came
in the form of staff, programming, and non-tenure-track faculty.
Lombardi has said he will avoid cuts to tenured and tenure-track
faculty if at all possible.
Advancement and Alumni
Affairs saw their budget cut more than double from $180,600 to $380,600.
Research Affairs took a $200,000 hit raising its budget reduction
to half a million.
The capital plan reduction
was doubled to total $1.6 million, academic affairs will lose an
additional $50,000 to bring its losses to date to $1.56 million,
and the estimated reduction to central university assessment was
increased by half a million dollars to $1.25 million.
Athletics was cut $50,000
in addition to $2.5 million already on the table. Director Ian McCaw
said Athletics has developed five possible "wide-ranging"
models/strategies for cutting its budget.
"They involve both
changes in intercollegiate programs and personnel reduction,"
Both the Campus Chronicle
and a category labeled "Design and Production" were cut
an additional $40,000. The cut to the Chronicle is a salary line.
Steve Robbins, director of Creative Services, said the nature of
the design and production cut has yet to be determined.
Marie Hess, retiring
deputy director of the Fine Arts Center, said the additional cuts
to the FAC were "such a shock."
"It's almost 50
percent of our campus support," she said. "It's all state
money, so that's all salaries."
Hess said the FAC would
try to mitigate the personnel cuts by spreading the reductions to
programming and maintenance, as well. The FAC will try to raise
more money she said, and increasing ticket prices may be one method.
Also in the cuts, the
Marching Band lost more than 19 percent of its revenue.
The largest line item in
Tuesday's report was the $1 million additional cut to UMass Extension,
for a total loss of $1.253 million. Steve Demski, associate vice
chancellor for Outreach, said the cut will cause Extension "to
accelerate some processes that we are already doing.
"We're going to
try to increase the amount of grant funding, contract funding, fee-based
revenue and philanthropic giving to make up for this reduction."
Demski said the long-term
strategy is to "support community-based faculty and staff on
these types of entrepreneurial dollars.
"In the short-term,
there will be some layoffs of very valuable people."
said they would ask for bridge funding to help them adjust to the
With a nearly $20 million
gap in the University budget remaining, Lombardi said, "Reductions
beyond... a total of $21.5 million would likely render the campus
unable to function, support its students and faculty, or sustain
its research and service missions." The memo indicated that
Lombardi expects to see a student fee increase considered at a meeting
of the President's Council and the Management Council scheduled
to be convened by the President's Office June 30.
"If we have not
succeeded in meeting the legislature's requirements, either through
budget reductions or increased revenue by that time, I will then
turn to the extremely destructive consideration of [Category] IIIb
issues," he said.