Budgets continue to be on the minds of everyone, from the workplace to the home front. Just as in many American homes, universities nationwide continue to adjust to the new economy and Colorado State University is no different.
Last month, President Tony Frank presented our University budget to the Board of Governors at their meeting in Pueblo. The draft document was discussed and the near-final version budget is scheduled to go online March 10. Currently, FY11 Draft Budget 3.0 is available for viewing at www.president.colostate.edu, and will be replaced by FY11 Final Budget 4.0. A budget hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 10, 9-11 a.m., in the North Ballroom of the Lory Student Center. As of today, the financial situation for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences remains the same, with a target reduction of $1.4 million for FY11.
While our budget cuts are challenging, I do want to note that when compared to the other 27 veterinary schools across the nation, our budget reductions are smaller than most. We will continue to work to minimize the impact of budget cuts to our teaching, research and outreach missions, as we strive to retain excellence in all that we do. I appreciate the extra hard work everyone is contributing, and also your understanding of our current funding climate.
Aside from the budget, President Frank announced last month that Dr. Rick Miranda will move into the permanent position of Provost and Executive Vice President. Dr. Miranda will provide a steady hand at the academic helm of the University, and his years of experience at CSU will ensure a continuation of quality in our academic programs.
Last month, I traveled to the Western Veterinary Conference in Nevada where I was able to meet with many of our alumni, as well as travel to Arizona to meet with some of our donors, including Lois Arnold who each year coordinates a fundraising event for the Animal Heart Center at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Lois is just one example of the many, many people who support the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and you can read more about her Heart to Heart Foundation in this month’s E-Insight.
Later this month, I’ll be attending the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges meeting in Washington, D.C., where we will be discussing improved educational opportunities for veterinarians and graduate students. At Colorado State University, our students will be taking off for spring break from March 15-19, as we look forward to the first day of spring after what has been a cold and snowy winter. I hope everyone has a good break; travel safely, and we look forward to seeing you back on campus soon.
Dr. Lance Perryman
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences