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Where else might cuts take place at UNM?

Patrick Hayes
July 20, 2018 07:58 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Before University of New Mexico regents approved cutting four sports programs Friday, UNM President Garnett Stokes said cuts were also going to be taking place in other departments.

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During Thursday’s opening remarks to the special Board of Regents meeting, she said, “Any budget reduction measure must start at the top.”

When asked what specific cuts were going to be made, a spokesperson from the university sent KOB the following statement:

“In response to your question, UNM is continuing to examine and implement cost containment measures through shared or centralized service models, consolidation efforts, reorganization and attrition savings.  Recent examples are the consolidation of the University’s IT services and a shared fiscal services model within the academic units. President Stokes is already assessing and implementing these cost-saving measures within her administrative units and executive offices. Not only does this save money, but also increases the quality, consistency, and efficiency of our processes and practices.”

Meanwhile, in a 24-page report from UNM Athletic Director Eddie Nuñez, officials outlined ways to increase the athletic department’s bottom line—including raising student fees.

On Thursday Stokes said she considered increasing fees but didn’t think it was right.

“It involved needing to make significant requests for additions to student fees," she said. "We as a campus need to think what our priorities are.”

Last year, the athletic department received about $3.8 million from student fees, but this year that number dropped to $3.6 million.

Currently, full-time Lobos pay more than $900 in student fees, with 10 percent of that going to athletics.

“We need to rebuild our support that our student community and general community has for Lobo athletics," Stokes said. "I wouldn’t rule out that at some point students might actually want to see a greater investment in athletics.”

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