TO: SIUE Faculty and Staff
The recent $28.9M distribution from the State of Illinois moves SIU to within $8.2M of meeting the March payroll. With federal stimulus money scheduled to arrive soon and the state's income tax revenue predicted to peak in April and May, we are much closer to achieving our goal of meeting payroll through the end of the fiscal year. While the state has repeated its intentions to distribute all of the SIU FY10 allocation, it has not been said that this would occur by June 30. Therefore, the SIU system has requested legislative authority to borrow in the event it is needed. We hope it is not!
To cover the payroll last fall, President Poshard asked SIUE to slow down its hiring, purchases, and renovation projects and to double the normal contingency reserve from 2% to 4%. As a result of the slowdown, we project fiscal year-end savings in hiring ($1.5M), purchasing ($2.0M) and more through other actions. These savings, when added to funds from our enrollment increase, should enable us to meet the president's 4% contingency request of $5.6M. Having made progress on the revenue slowdown problem, it now seems appropriate to take judicious actions to prepare for the more than 14,000 students we expect this fall. We will soon authorize projects and purchases that are necessary for the next academic year. We have allowed faculty searches to continue uninterrupted since they normally require a significant portion of the academic year to complete. While our terrific staff have always performed admirably for SIUE, we certainly acknowledge that many have been stretched during the hiring freeze due to the temporary reduction in the workforce. We have now begun to authorize certain staff position hiring as recommended by the Vice Chancellors. While caution dictates that not all frozen staff positions will be released, some will be authorized as we prepare for the fall semester. Your supervisor, through the appropriate Vice Chancellor, will be able to update you on these actions as we proceed.
We will move ahead, cautiously and carefully, to both meet our payroll and prepare for the 2010-11 school year. As I've said in the past, conservative budgeting by the UPBC, our enrollment increases, and our sense of community continue to be important factors as we work through difficult times. I appreciate what each of you does to make this campus a great place to live, learn and work.
Vaughn Vandegrift, Chancellor