As you may have seen, the North Carolina General Assembly adjourned the 2019 session this week with no agreement between the legislature and the Governor on a final budget. They have agreed to return in late April to continue the process. In the meantime we will be operating under a continuation budget (essentially the budget we had for 2018-19, the previous fiscal year).
As a result, a number of decisions relevant to UNCG and the UNC System overall – from new funding for major capital improvements (like Jackson Library renovations) to UNC System employee raises – are on hold.
I recognize that this may create a level of uncertainty among some, and perhaps disappointment among others. In terms of the big picture, while we do not have new or additional state resources, our financial situation is fundamentally strong. We will work to maximize all available sources of revenue, make sound decisions on our priorities, and operate efficiently.
We have momentum and fully intend to keep moving forward with key strategic initiatives and new academic programs. It is crucial we remain focused on our mission – educating our students, pursuing our research, and improving the quality of life in our hometown, our state, and the world around us.
We will remain patient with the process even as we continue advocating for what we need. We will be collaborative in our approach as we work with the UNC System and state leaders – but we will be persistent, too. We will do all we can to represent you, our University, and our shared priorities. Above all else, we will keep doing the incredible work that we do here at UNCG because our students, our colleagues, and our community are counting on us.
Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.