Will Freeze Hiring, Other Expenses
UNC Pembroke Chancellor
Allen C. Meadors told the Board of Trustees that the state's budget
crisis has forced the university to freeze non-essential expenditures
for the next 60 days.
The university is
facing a budget cut of between 4-10 percent for 2002-2003.
"It could take
a decade to recover if they opt for the worst case senario," Chancellor
The freeze will
affect travel, repairs and renovations, new hiring of non-teaching staff
and other areas. The state's revenue shortfalls in April were "very
disappointing," and the state faces a deficit of more than $1.5
billion, according to a letter to the universities from the state budget
"We will carry
on," Chancellor Meadors said. "We will continue to give our
students the best educational experience."
In other business,
enrollment, freshman retention and minority faculty recruitment continue
to improve, Chancellor Meadors told the board.
"It has been
a record positive year," Chancellor Meadors said.
The university expects
a record freshman class of about 800 students next fall, compared to
700 in 2001 and 579 in 2000. Enrollment has increased 33 percent to
nearly 4,000 since 1999.
improved by two percentage points.
Since 1999, the
number of African American professors increased 140 percent to 12. Latino
professors are up 100 percent to six, and Native American professors
are up 33 percent, Chancellor Meadors reported.
Parking fees next
year will increase for all but staff of the university.
Faculty and top
administrators will pay $66 for the year, an increase of $10.
will pay $66, and increase of $10. Commuter students will pay $45, an
increase of $10.
The Board of Trustees
approved Suitt Construction Company of Raleigh to manage the $16 million
construction of new science labs and renovation of the Oxendine Science
The board also certified
334 students to graduate on May 11. Thirty-two will receive graduate
emeritus titles were approved for retiring or retired professors: Dr.
Peter Wish, a 25-year veteran of the Biology Department; Dr. Josef Mandel,
a 29-year veteran English professor and Dr. David Eliades, a 34-year
veteran history professor.
Dr. Andrew Ash will
become chair of the Biology Department. Dr. William Campbell is chair
of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. Dr. Anthony Curtis,
who comes to the university from the Union Institute and University,
is the new chair of the Mass Communications Department.
to University Newswire