University of Missouri cutting 12 percent of budget from each school, college, division

The University of Missouri's interim chancellor said Wednesday the school is cutting 12% from its budget of each school, college, and division. (File)

In an email updating colleagues on the budget for fiscal year 2018, interim MU Chancellor Garnett Stokes said the general revenue allocation to each school, college and division within the university will decrease by 12 percent.

"Twelve percent is a substantial reduction that will unquestionably impact our workforce, facilities and the breadth of services we provide," Stokes wrote. "Good people and good programs will be affected."

Stokes was not specific as to which programs and which people would be affected in the email sent Wednesday.

Stokes said that in addition to personnel downsizing, other proposals include eliminating the Environmental Health and Safety Department building from the MU Education and General-use facilities portfolio, and relocating the facility to the General services building. Stokes also said administrators are considering relocating the Truman School of Public Affairs to fall under the administration of the College of Arts and Science; and sharing common services across units.

"It has been requested that leaders vary reduction in allocations across programs and departments within their areas. In addition, I have given unit leaders authority to use one-time funds to bridge any costs that cannot be reduced immediately or until new funding sources are developed that can offset recurring costs," Stokes wrote.

Two forums on budget priorities are scheduled for University employees. The first is scheduled for May 15th from 2-4 p.m. The other is scheduled for Tuesday May 16th from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Both forums will be in Jesse Wrench Auditorium.

Stokes said over the next 12 to 18 months, university leaders will do a top to bottom review of all programs, centers, processes, policies, organizational and departmental structures, and funding models.

"I am ready for change, and I believe you are too," Stokes wrote.

Stokes also noted four new committees were being formed to address the resource allocation model, capital financing, strategic enrollment management, and statewide engagement plans.

Stokes said budget plans were due to University of Missouri System President Mun Choi April 19th. Final budget details won't be available until June 1st.

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