Glassman updates EIU on budget status
Announcing no more furloughs or layoffs, Eastern Illinois University (EIU) President David Glassman addressed his entire campus community recently in Charleston with an update on the university’s budget scenario, including plans for the near future.
“Since the beginning of FY16, EIU has managed its finances prudently and effectively to meet the unprecedented challenges imposed by the state’s budgetary gridlock,” Glassman said. “It has not been easy.”
Citing the “disheartening” nature of having to revoke standard benefits and initiate hardships, Glassman thanked students and staff alike for their communal support and loyalty during the long waiting period for state funding. He summarized policy updates, reiterating that EIU will not close and no further furloughs or permanent layoffs are planned for now or for fiscal year 2017.
Glassman outlined a brief plan describing very brief “temporary” discharges during a crucial two-week period during August, when funds are expected to be at their tightest; and apologized for having limited information.
“Thank you for your hard work and dedication while we wait for our elected officials to enact a full budget solution for Illinois,” he said. “You may be assured that I will remain vigilant in my advocacy for EIU in Springfield and will not stop until state funding for EIU resumes.”