Late last month, I presented the budget reduction strategy for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the Planning and Budgeting hearings. The hearings provided an opportunity for each of the college deans and administrative directors to present information in a public forum on how their respective units would reduce costs to meet budget goals.
At the College, our budget reduction is $1.4 million for the 2010/2011 fiscal year. In my presentation, I outlined how we will meet those reductions as well as how we will accommodate predicted revenue shortfalls at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital by cutting a limited number of open faculty lines, eliminating a small number of state classified lines, and reducing operating funds. While we are working hard to keep reductions from impacting our educational mission, we will see continued tightening across the College.
With budget cuts in mind, the College still was required to meet accreditation requirements of the American Veterinary Medical Association. In 2008, the AVMA granted full accreditation to our Professional Veterinary Medical Program with several provisions including: install 27 eyewash stations (completed and paid for by CVMBS); upgrade isolation facilities for adult cattle (completed and paid for by CVMBS); construct improved small animal isolation facilities (will complete in partnership with CSU).
We continue to be optimistic about the future in spite of ongoing financial challenges, and appreciate the hard work of everyone in the College to be creative, innovative and entrepreneurial as we pursue quality and excellence in our core missions of research, teaching and outreach.
In other news, I’m pleased to announce that Dr. Colin Clay will be taking over as the new head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences beginning on May 15. I want to thank Dr. Barbara Sanborn who has done an excellent job in that role for the past seven years. Dr. Clay will have a strong foundation upon which to build because of her tireless efforts and unwavering dedication. Dr. Clay is a triple alum of Colorado State University (bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate) and we look forward to having him assume this new leadership role.
This month, the University is finishing up the search for a new Provost and Executive Vice President with the interview of the final candidate and meeting of the search committee. We hope to announce soon that this vital position now has a permanent appointment.February also brings with it the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 12-16, where the College will be hosting an alumni reception on Feb. 15. I’ll be traveling to Arizona as well to meet with supporters of the College and its programs, particularly in small animal medicine. Finally, on Feb. 11, Colorado State University celebrates Founder’s Day, this year turning 140 years old. See the story in University News for additional information on the day’s celebrations in Denver and in Fort Collins. I hope to see you at some of the festivities.
Dr. Lance Perryman
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences