Reveley update on 2008 General Assembly
Interim President Taylor Reveley sent the following message to faculty and staff of the College on March 14 concerning the state budget. —Ed.
Dear William and Mary Community:
Last night, after extending the 2008 General Assembly session by five days, the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates approved the Commonwealth’s 2008-2010 budget. A short account of the budget, prepared by Sam Jones, appears at http://www.wm.edu/president/031408-budget-memo.pdf.
I am delighted to report that the budget includes raises--albeit small ones--for faculty and staff. (Original proposals included no raises this year.) To our disappointment, the House and Senate negotiators were unable to agree on a capital outlay plan. The projects in this plan are of enormous importance to the College; they include construction of the new School of Education building and the renovation of Tucker Hall, among other campus improvements. We will stay in close contact with legislators and staff as a plan is developed, with passage expected on April 23 when the General Assembly reconvenes.
Warm thanks to Sam Jones, Anna Martin, and Fran Bradford for helping to make the College’s case during a difficult 65-day session. We are all also very grateful to the students who participated in the annual Road to Richmond.