Letter Urges Faculty and Staff to Pull Together
April 20, 2011
Dear UNH Faculty and Staff,
If there was ever a time for the UNH community to pull together, this is it.
On April 18, President Mark Huddleston testified before the state Senate Finance Committee on the critical role that UNH plays in supporting the state’s economy and the quality of life—and on the serious consequences that a proposed 45 percent cut in state support would mean for the families, businesses, and students who depend on us. Please read his remarks here. (http://www.unh.edu/president/concord-testimony)
Joining him were leaders, students, and alumni from throughout the University System. In their testimony, all agreed that the University System expects to do its fair share to help lift the state out of the current fiscal crisis.
However, the simple truth is that these proposed drastic cuts go too far, too quickly—and threaten our ability to transform the University with the strategic vision we began just one year ago. In his testimony, President Huddleston emphasized that the university is already working hard to reinvent UNH in ways that are more innovative, entrepreneurial, and responsive to the dynamic changes that are taking place in our economy, society, and communities. But we need time to make this transformation happen in ways that protect our core mission.
We hope our state lawmakers are listening, because the stakes are high—at every level of the university community and throughout New Hampshire. We’ve created a website to keep you informed about the state budget situation, at (http://www.unh.edu/strong). There, you can read facts about the UNH budget, the state budget process, and our economic impact on the state. And please become a fan of our new “Keep UNH Strong” Facebook page.
Time is short, and the legislative process is moving along quickly. The next two to three weeks are a critical time.
Thank you for caring about UNH,
Monique Couillard, OS Council Chair
Rachel Feeney, PAT Council Chair
Edward Hinson, Chair, Faculty Senate
Julia Peterson and Chuck Hersey, Extension Educator Council Co-Chairs
Mark W. Huddleston, President