Members of the USM Foundation's advocacy committee visited Annapolis on Monday, February 23rd to speak with legislators to encourage them to support the USM in the wake of a significant mid-year budget cut. The USM had been told to plan for an $8.5 million cut midway through FY15, but the actual cut was $40.3 million, nearly five times the amount of the original cut.
To help the state resolve its budget difficulties, the USM has frozen hiring, eliminated vacant positions, and/or furloughed employees; postponed deferred maintenance projects; and implemented other operational savings where possible. In addition, four USM institutions have initiated modest tuition increases for the spring semester.
Chancellor Brit Kirwan and USM Board of Regent chair Jim Shea have been advocating tirelessly on behalf of the USM in front of the Maryland State Senate and House of Delegates. Click here to read their legislative testimonies. Additionally, USM Foundation Board Chair Dennis Wraase and directors David Mister, Joe Bowen and Ralph Lary joined USM Foundation President Leonard Raley and USM Vice Chancellor of Government Relations, P.J. Hogan to chat with several Maryland legislators on behalf of the USM. During the course of the day, board members met with State Senator Ulysses Currie, Delegate Adrienne Jones, and Delegate Marc Korman.
We've added some photos of our dedicated board directors hard at work. Thank you for your support and effort!