To the UMW Community,
I am pleased to announce the release of the administration’s response to the recommendations of the Strategic Resource Allocation Task Forces. Since the task force reports were completed last spring, a substantial amount of consideration has been given to the various recommendations.
Due to the complexity of the reports and the potential impact upon multiple departments, programs, and offices of the University, crafting a comprehensive response has been quite challenging. While we had all hoped to find more substantial savings to reallocate through this process, we nevertheless received many excellent, strategic recommendations and I am providing the administration’s response to those recommendations here.
As we have worked though our responses, we have been actively listening to the UMW community to solicit reaction and input and we have engaged in discussion with those areas potentially impacted. At the same time, we also have been dealing with the need for significant immediate budgetary reductions due to the impact of the state’s fiscal problems and our institutional enrollment challenges.
The work of the Task Forces has been very valuable in helping us determine where resources should be directed and where we may realize some cost savings and greater efficiencies. As you will note in the administration’s responses, additional planning and effort will be necessary to implement particular recommendations. In addition, realizing many of the more substantial recommendations will depend upon our ability to achieve our enrollment goals. It is also important to note that the work of the Strategic Resource Allocation Task Forces will help to inform the development of our next five-year strategic plan.
I appreciate the time and effort of those who served on the task forces and I thank the entire UMW community for its engagement in this process.
Wishing each of you, and your loved ones, a very happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.
Richard V. Hurley