Temple University president reveals 2012 budget plans

    In response to the budget cuts facing Pennsylvania’s state-related universities, Temple University President Ann Weaver Hart addressed the campus in a letter today with plans for the 2012 budget.

    She laid out an eight-step plan, citing cuts and plans for the 2010 fiscal year that “resulted in savings of more than $40 million,” and the university’s ranking as the ninth-best at controlling administrative staffing growth.

    Hart’s plan includes the follwing points:

    Non-union salary freeze and asking union leaders to consider cost-cutting ideas
    Hiring freeze except grant-funded positions and “academic positions directly related to student achievement” like academic advisers
    University-wide restriction on travel
    Examine changes to the benefits package
    Review of the administrative structure
    Delay of dean searches pending the outcome of the structure review
    Review of cost-saving efforts already in place
    Discuss new cost-saving efforts

    A multi-year budget will be presented to the Board of Trustees Budget and Finance Committee in June.

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