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May 16, 2013

Dr. Nick J. BrunoA message to ULM faculty and staff from ULM President Nick J. Bruno

Dear Colleagues,

During my “Coffee with the President” sessions, which I felt were very positive, participants provided me with ideas that I will certainly share with appropriate staff for consideration. In addition, I will submit several of these suggestions to the Strategic Planning Committee.

Of course, the matter of the budget was a recurring theme throughout our discussions. I am sure you have been following the latest legislative actions, which have indicated some positive news for higher education.

To view a one-page summary of ULM's current financial challenges, please visit:
ulm.edu/president/documents/FY14-budget-forecast.pdf 

I have also prepared responses to the most frequently asked questions from the university community over the last two weeks. During my “Coffee with the President” sessions, which I found to be very positive, participants asked if they could correspond with their elected officials.

As citizens you have the right to communicate with your elected officials.  We cannot “lobby,” but legislators need to hear your stories. As I listened to you, I heard your concerns regarding the futures of your careers, your concern for your children, and of course, the question of stability in higher education. These stories and your concerns can certainly be shared.

Our elected officials need to hear the challenges you are facing personally, as well as those you have regarding higher education.  Legislators have recognized your continued commitment and dedication to educating Louisiana’s future workforce and leaders. However, they may not have heard your personal concerns. You need to decide if you wish to share these with them.  

In order to allow for more inclusion, we have added an additional Strategic Planning Community Stakeholder meeting at 5:30 p.m., on Tuesday, May 21, at the West Monroe Convention Center, located at 901 Ridge Avenue

Lastly, several university employees have requested updates on the status of the Athletic Director Search. The Athletic Director Search web site contains the position announcement, job description, and search timeline.

To view the site, please visit: ulm.edu/adsearch 

Thank you all for your continued commitment, despite the difficult fiscal challenges we face.  I am confident that ULM will continue to move forward, meet these challenges, and build upon where we are today. 

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Nick J. Bruno
President