An Update as Fiscal Year 2013 Draws Near
Every year at this time, as we complete one fiscal year and prepare to begin another, we take stock of how UTMB is doing in terms of progress on goals and financial performance.
As we look ahead to Fiscal Year 2013, which begins on Sept. 1, budget plans have been submitted across the university. We believe we have successfully accommodated the more than $100 million reduction in state General Revenue for the FY2012/FY2013 biennium, as well as reductions in research funding—a trend nationwide over the past two years, due in large part to cuts at the federal level.
I’ve recently heard from a number of employees who have expressed concerns about UTMB’s financial health and rumors of a large round of layoffs. The Daily News last week reported the loss of just over 50 positions, which has understandably added to the sense of uncertainty. The small reduction in force reported by the paper is related to annual reviews of grant funding and staffing adjustments made by individual departments, in keeping with their budgets and future plans. Such adjustments are unfortunately necessary from time to time, but I can assure you that there are no plans for a large-scale, across-the-board reduction in force.
Budget reductions are never easy, and the economic environment remains challenging for all academic medical centers. However, I am very pleased with UTMB’s financial position and how faculty, administrators and staff have rallied together to ensure the long-term success of the institution and its mission.
I will discuss our goals for the coming year and our budget in more detail at a Town Hall meeting at noon, Thursday, Aug. 16. I invite everyone to attend, either in person in Levin Hall on the Galveston campus or through remote viewing options. If you have a question for me or another member of the leadership team, you may ask in person at Levin Hall or submit it via the Town Hall website to have it read anonymously at the meeting.
I greatly appreciate your hard work in helping UTMB strengthen its ability to improve the health of our region, state and beyond. I am proud to be part of such a productive, collaborative university community, and I am looking forward to great things to come in FY2013. In the meantime, I hope you will plan to attend or view the Aug. 16 Town Hall.