For the full State of the University address: http://www1.umn.edu/pres/
My presidency began with substantial state budget cuts, and as my term comes to a close, we face the most challenging legislative session I've seen in my four decades in Minnesota. On Tuesday, May 3, I testified before the legislature's higher education budget conference committee, perhaps for the last time as president of this great University. I thanked the legislature for the many things we've accomplished with state support over the past several years, reminded the committee members that we've already been cut deeply twice in the past decade, and again urged them to consider something less than the severe budget reductions and additional regulations currently under consideration for the University of Minnesota.
- Both cut the University too deeply (especially given previous reductions).
- Both restrict our ability to set our own priorities to address these deep cuts.
- And both contain language that will damage our ability to attract and retain researchers and external funding.