I wanted to share this message, which I sent to our faculty and staff yesterday:
The 82nd Legislature is under way, and news reports have focused on the difficult budgetary challenges facing our state and proposed cuts to higher education and public schools.
Our elected officials must make some tough choices during this session, and those choices will have a significant impact on our university.
I know we are all concerned about how we will be affected by the state’s budget shortfall. Budgetary issues will be debated in the coming months.
I cannot predict how these deliberations will turn out, but I want to assure you that we have been preparing for this scenario for more than a year and a half. Thanks to the hard work of our provost, deans, vice presidents, and many of you across the campus, we have made significant progress in examining our financial situation, cutting costs, improving efficiency, and planning for a possible reduction in state funding.
This uncertainty is challenging and stressful. I understand how important it is to keep you informed on developments that affect the future of our university. I also understand that budget cuts are a greater burden for our staff.
Every time I go to our Capitol I am mindful that I represent the interests of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make The University of Texas at Austin one of the world’s leading institutions of higher education.
We will continue to pursue our mission to become the nation’s leading public research university.
The quality of our university is the result of the dedication, talent, and commitment of all of you. With your help, I believe that we can emerge from this period as a strong and vibrant institution better poised to pursue our vision to be the best.
Thank you for your continuing support.