I am very pleased to learn from President Poshard that the SIU System has received $17.1 million from the State of Illinois to cover the December payroll. As mentioned in Dr. Poshard’s email dated December 14, 2009, the January and February 2010 payrolls will be sufficiently addressed by revenues, such as from tuition, that will be received at the beginning of the semester. We anticipate and remain hopeful that the State will provide our expected funding needs by mid-Spring 2010.
The University community, under the direction of the Vice Chancellors and unit heads, has done an excellent job of reducing expenditures and increasing efficiencies since my November 9, 2009, email requesting budgetary restraint. We will continue to practice these measures, as well as work with faculty, staff, student constituency groups and the University Planning and Budget Council (UPBC) to develop approaches to budget management. This will assist us in protecting the salaries of our employees and the quality of our operations. The SIU administration has every intention of retaining personnel throughout this current economic challenge.
Faculty and staff may have occasions in their interactions with concerned students and parents to offer transparent, yet optimistic, words of reassurance that the University community is doing everything possible through appropriate fiscal, administrative, and political strategies to maintain our commitment to ensuring the academic progress and success of our students. The University will continue its complete schedule of course offerings for the Spring semester.
Thank you for all you do for SIUE. Please be assured that I will regularly keep you updated by email about issues and developments related to our financial challenges. These updates will also be posted to the Chancellor’s homepage at www.siue.edu/chancellor.
I am confident that we will get through this period of economic uncertainty and will be stronger for it as a result of our collective efforts. Best wishes to you and your families for a safe and happy holiday season.
Vaughn Vandegrift, Chancellor