Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard sent the following message to WWU faculty and staff this morning regarding the 2015-17 operating budget:
Western’s proposed 2015-17 Operating Budget is now ready for your review.
It has been an extraordinarily long road. Thank you for your patience. And, for the involvement of so many of you in what, as always, has been a bottom up, open, and transparent year-long process.
Building upon that broad and thoughtful involvement, the deans, vice presidents and I have put together a penultimate budget draft for one final campus review prior to action by our Board of Trustees.
A long process, yes. But, as the budget narrative develops, one that ended with far better outcomes than those dire prospects with which we began. And, that did not just happen. Your engagement in the political process was critically important. And most effective.
Again, thank you for your patience, for your engagement in the budget process, and for standing up for Western and the state funding essential to sustain our excellence.