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If you are a recent UMW graduate and have questions for President Hurley, now’s the time

The University of Mary Washington’s GOLD (graduates of the last decade) alumni have the opportunity to ask President Rick Hurley any question that comes to mind.

Today is the last day to submit a question that you would like to have President Hurley answer, and then tune in during July for a special video town hall meeting.

If you are a recent graduate with a questions about life at UMW, submit your questions by clicking here.



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  • Vicky

    Ask him about the e-mail that faculty and staff received today.

    To the UMW campus community:
    I am certain that many of you have followed the recent budget deliberations taking place in Richmond. It now appears that the state will have a biennial budget in place before the end of June, which will avoid the possibility of a government shutdown. While that is long-awaited good news, recent State revenue projections for the last quarter of this year (April 2014 – June 2014) and for next year (July 2014 – June 2015) show a significant downturn from previous projections. In response, lawmakers have eliminated new funding for all state colleges and universities for next year, including proposed salary increases for state employees. On the positive side, the General Assembly is not reducing our budget; instead, legislators are holding higher ed allocations at the same level as the current year.
    For UMW, that means certain expenditures – unavoidable increases for utilities, leases, contracts, employer retirement and health insurance contributions; as well as costs associated with new initiatives, such as the BSN degree completion program and enrollment management – will have to be met primarily within existing resources. To secure those resources, the University will have to undergo a budget reduction exercise.
    Due to the immediate and significant impact of this situation, budget reduction decisions will have to be made within the next two weeks. The recently completed reports from the two Strategic Resource Allocation committees will serve as a valuable reference, but I can assure you that we will not unilaterally make any decision that involves the closing of programs or operations. Tomorrow, you will receive a message explaining how to access the reports of our two Strategic Resource Allocation task forces.

    • Dave Pierandri

      I’m a bit confused as to why you keep sharing internal emails and documents publicly. If you are that unhappy with the University, why not at least post under your full name and work on getting some dialogue going, rather than being passive aggressive via a comment board on a newspaper article?

  • Vicky

    Specifically point out the contradiction with this message, delivered by Provost Levin in April

    I want to stress especially that President Hurley and members of his Cabinet are all committed to taking whatever time is required to solicit appropriate feedback from the campus community. We have no intention of rushing to judgment or trying to implement recommended changes after the faculty has dispersed for the summer. Assuming we receive the reports in early May, I would expect that the campus conversation I have described here will necessarily extend into the fall semester. It may even have to wait until then to get started in earnest.