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UM budget cut concerns voiced at Faculty Senate meeting

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UM President Royce Engstrom (MTN News photo) UM President Royce Engstrom (MTN News photo)
MISSOULA -

University of Montana staff expressed their opinions and vented their frustrations to President Royce Engstrom during Tuesday evening's Faculty Senate meeting.

The perception since Tuesday, especially in the programs that were named, is that the faculty cuts that aren't open lines would primarily effect junior non-tenured," UM journalism professor Jule Banville said.

"The best and brightest faculty, the best and brightest staff that we've recruited and retained are now going to be looking elsewhere and that's horrible for the institution," added UM Department of English Director of Graduate Studies Ashby Kinch.

More than 100 professors gathered in the North Underground Lecture Hall for the chance to engage Engstrom about last week's budget announcements. Much of the questions asked involved clarification of the administration's plan, Including exactly how many faculty members' jobs are on the line.

President Engstrom reiterated his commitment to improving UM's enrollment rates and told MTN News that his administration is always seeking input from
students, faculty and the community.

"I won't claim that the list of programs that I proposed the other day is an absolutely perfect list and that's what the comment period is about. If you feel strongly about these programs, I want to hear that," Engstrom said.

That comment period will remain open until 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

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