May 25, 2018
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UMS board expected to OK fiscal plan

By Jessica Bloch, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The University of Maine System board of trustees is expected to approve Monday a proposal about the system’s long-term fiscal future and missions.

The report, titled “New Challenges, New Directions — The University of Maine System and the Future of Maine,” is the culmination of an initiative Chancellor Richard L. Pattenaude announced more than 10 months ago. The report calls for a combination of cost cutting, efficiencies and new revenues to close projected budget gaps that were estimated to reach $42.8 million by fiscal year 2013.

The two-day board of trustees meeting begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, with the discussion of the “New Challenges, New Directions” report coming during Monday’s sessions, which begin at 8:30 a.m.

Pattenaude presented the board with a draft of the report in September. Since then, he and board members have held public sessions around the state to take comments and suggestions.

Pattenaude’s report comes out of the “New Challenges, New Directions” initiative announced in January, which created three separate task forces to examine the system and determine how cost cutting could be achieved.

The task forces received feedback from hundreds of faculty, staff, students, members of university boards of visitors and community members before presenting their reports to the board in July.

Other items expected to be discussed Sunday and Monday include academic program proposals for the University of Maine’s flagship campus in Orono; a study of tuition, financial aid and markets; a UMaine System work force analysis; and an annual financial report for fiscal year 2009.

UMS board meetings are open to the public and are held at the system’s office on Central Street in Bangor.

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