By: Sarah Hopkins, Staff Writer
Interim President Curtis McCray spoke to WSU staff about their future at the university.
"We are spending beyond what we have." stated McCray. He discussed the problems with communication at WSU and how this should never have happened.
About 100 staff were present to hear McCray speak about WSU reductions which will be happening soon.
McCray will be going to the Board this Friday April 7 to present a budget plan and to fix the loss of money that the university overspent in their budget.
This open forum met in the Apollo Room of the Student Union from 11:30 A.M. -12:30 P.M. on Wednesday April 5.
"You cannot run negative in a state institution." stated McCray. He had been president of other universities and is retired but is only staying until June 30 and new President Schaffer will take over on July 1.
McCray discussed in the forum that WSU’s loss was 30 million dollars while 10 years ago the university had 100,000 million dollars in reserves and will strive to meet that goal again. McCray’s goal was to finish the budget plan at the end of April because this plan must be finished before the new financial year.
Jobs will be lost and salaries reduced if a plan presented by McCray approved before the end of the fiscal year. He spoke about the plan to a crowd of about 100 WSU staff "the loss of over 30 million dollars with no reserves."
McCray has a budget plan to send to the board on Friday and move on with the next steps of preserving our university. He spoke with honesty to staff members and answered any questions about their concerns with their jobs and complained about HR (Human Services) to take control of choosing who to stay and leave. McCray has been advised and will move people around and fire people but unfortunately cannot touch athletics department.
After the forum, one of the staff members shared their thoughts and feelings concerning WSU budget. "I am happy to come and hear him talk and he owned it." stated staff member Amanda Spencer.
General Assignment Editor: Julian Anguiano