LCSN: NMSU regents: Budget cuts likely

March 8, 2010. Retrieved online: March 9, 2010, from Amanda L. Husson, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES – Regents tried to stay positive, but acknowledged Monday that cuts to the state’s higher education funding would likely translate to tough decisions about the university’s budget.

NMSU’s Office of Government Relations estimated that the NMSU system could face a significant reduction in state funding.

The estimates presented to the board at its Monday meeting were neither official nor final, but Regents Chair Blake Curtis and New Mexico State University President Barbara Couture both mentioned that the university will have to examine ways to make cuts.

“They’ve given us a task, and we’ll do the best that we know how,” Curtis said. “For those who are concerned about their jobs, there is always plenty to do for those who are willing.”

Couture said in a recent Community Conversation forum that she’s hopeful that half of those cuts can be made at the administrative level.

In addition to updates on the just-concluded legislative special session, the “Living the Vision” performance plan and the NMSU Foundation’s “Doing What Counts” $225 million fundraising campaign, now in its final year, the board also elected new officers. Regent Isaac Pino will replace Curtis as chair, Student Regent Chris Anaya will replace Javier Gonzales as vice chair, and Curtis will take over the secretary/treasurer role currently held by Laura Conniff.

Before the meeting was adjourned, Gonzales requested that the university explore a policy mirroring the state’s newly signed “Sunshine Portal,” creating a publicly accessible, online database of financial information from government agencies in New Mexico.

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