The most recent news from the Commonwealth of Virginia regarding the proposed budget reductions for higher education was encouraging, especially given the initial budget reduction targets that were proposed. For Agency 208, the reduction target was slightly reduced, but for Agency 229 the reduction was eliminated. While this is encouraging news, especially for our Agency 229 programs supported by the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station and Virginia Cooperative Extension, we all need to understand that the state still has another $272 million shortfall in FY 2015-16 to address as well as the structural imbalance created by use of $235 million from the rainy day fund (in FY 2015-16) to be solved by FY 2016-17. The university is working to manage the reductions for FY 2014-15 centrally with one-time strategies, and will be working across senior management areas to develop thoughtful plans for FY 2015-16.
If possible, please put a hold on your calendar for President Sands’ visit to CALS on Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to noon. President Sands is planning to visit each of the academic colleges during the academic year in order to learn more about the programs and people of each college. The location and itinerary for his visit to CALS is still being developed, but it will include time for interaction with faculty, staff, and students.
I was pleased to participate in the CALS New Faculty Orientation Program last week at the Inn at Virginia Tech. This annual event has evolved into a very informative and beneficial day-long program, and is planned and coordinated by Susan Sumner in collaboration with the CALS Faculty Association. Many thanks to Susan and everyone who participated in this year’s program. And welcome to our new faculty!