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October 9, 2013

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

Dear Colleagues,

This is to inform you that the following statement will be released to the public this morning.

I am very saddened that I am forced to make decisions such as this one and those which will follow must be made.

However, as I have continued to inform you the current funding of our operations are supplemented by restricted funds and cannot be sustained.

I continue to hope and pray that a funding solution which will stabilize the State’s funding of Louisiana’s higher education including ULM is found and further reductions in State funds do not occur.

Reduction of staff at ULM caused by budget cuts

Due to recurring budget cuts over the last five years, and the need to lessen its dependency on restricted funds, the University of Louisiana at Monroe announces a reduction in workforce. Five administrative staff positions were eliminated today and University officials could announce additional cuts of up to 30 positions for the beginning of 2014.

University President Dr. Nick J. Bruno originally informed faculty and staff of a plan to trim $1.5 million in staff positions in his State of the University address August 15, 2013.

“This is something that no one desires,” Bruno said this morning. “We are proud of our faculty and staff and their dedication to the students through all of these challenges.”

Over the last three years, ULM reduced the number of senior administrative staff and cut operational costs to meet challenges forced by less state funding.

Dr. Nick J. Bruno
President