University of Arizona President Robert N. Shelton is expected to discuss the UA's ongoing budget struggle, and how the campus plans to move forward, in his 2009 State of the University address.
Shelton will deliver his annual address Thursday, Nov. 19 at 12:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Student Union Memorial Center.
The event will begin with a luncheon at noon. Many deans and vice presidents have reserved tables for the luncheon, and a few single seats may still be available for $35 per person by contacting the Office of University Events at 621-1438, said Kathy Hawkes-Smith, director of University events.
Free open seating will be available in the back of the room for those who wish to only attend the speech.
Shelton will address the budget challenges the University has faced during the past year and discuss what efforts are being made to position the University to continue moving forward in the face of economic challenges, said Steve MacCarthy, UA vice president for External Relations.
The address also will offer an opportunity for Shelton to reflect on positive steps the University has taken regardless of the current financial climate, MacCarthy said.
Last year, the UA lost about $77 million in state funding, an approximately 18 percent reduction, and further cuts are expected.
Shelton has warned that although federal stimulus dollars will provide a temporary financial cushion to help the University get through this year and the next, a financial "cliff" is looming in 2012 and the campus community needs to start preparing for how to handle a permanent budget reduction. He has repeatedly said that it is time for the UA to reevaluate its activities and start to "do less with less" as resources shrink.
Shelton's address will be streamed live on the Arizona Public Media Web site for those unable to attend. It will remain available for viewing on the Web site after the event. It also will be televised live on the UA Channel, Cox Channel 116 or Comcast Channel 76.