Minutes of February 11, 2002 Meeting
The meeting convened at 2:02 p.m. in room 817 Cathedral of
UPBC members present were: Tammeka Beattie, Clifford Brubaker,
James Cassing, Jerome Cochran, N. John Cooper, Christine Dollaghan, James
Maher, Barbara Mowery, Richard Pratt, Christopher Riegel, Debora Rougeux,
Michael Stuckart, Evelyn Talbott, Philip Wion, Stephen Wisniewski, and
Thomas Wolf. Also present were: Jeffrey Liebmann, Jeffrey Masnick, Robert
Pack, Kathy Tosh, and Thurman Wingrove.
UPBC members not present were: Jeffrey Alex, Mary Ann Barber,
Frank Cassell, Richard Colwell, Attilio Favorini, Christopher Happ, Gerald
Holder, Arthur Levine, and Arthur Ramicone.
Report of the Chair and Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the October 11, 2001 meeting were approved.
Provost Maher expressed concern about budget issues facing the University
in the next two fiscal years. He emphasized the increase in debt service
costs due to the Multi-Purpose Academic Complex and the new library
building; current and pending reductions in Commonwealth appropriations;
and a very significant increase in health care costs in 12 months. He
suggested that the Parameters Subcommittee begin its work producing the FY
2003 planning and budgeting parameters, but that additional work begin to
examine parameters for next year, such as areas of possible cost savings.
He added that the Commonwealth is facing a serious revenue shortfall and
that the outlook for the University's appropriation is not optimistic.
Wion stated that one positive trend is the currently low rate of
inflation, which may allow the University to budget a more modest salary
Discussion of the Recommendations in the FY 2003 Governor's Budget
Wingrove summarized the recommendations included in the Governor's
proposed FY 2003 Commonwealth budget, adding that the University has
already been asked to place 3% of the current year's appropriations in
reserve. The Governor's proposed FY 2003 budget includes a 5% decrease,
which represents a loss of $8.9 million compared with the FY 2002
appropriation, most of which is in Educational and General line items.
Wingrove suggested that one strategy to deal with this reduction would be
to roll the costs associated with the three strategic line item requests
into the E&G budget and defer the related expenditures. Maher added that
the line items for information technology ($2.4 million), laboratory
improvements and equipment ($2.4 million), and student life enhancements
($3.0 million) were already in the University's plans and could absorb the
bulk of the reduction in appropriations. In response to a question, Maher
added that the 3% reserve was spread uniformly across all units. He
stated that the University is unsure whether this reserve will be
The meeting adjourned at 2:58 p.m.