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Trustees Agree on 1991 -92 Budget
Main campus student room and board
will increase by 9.5 percent and a total of
29 administrative and support staff posi
tions are being reduced or eliminated,
according to the Guilford College budget
approved for the 1991-92 academic year.
The new budget, which was approved
by the Board of Trustees on January 25,
will also include a four percent pool in
crease in salaries for faculty and adminis
trative staff and allow for two full-time
faculty positions to remain unfilled.
The final budget proposal climaxed four
months of intensive deliberation by the
Budget and Planning Committee, the
Analytical Studies Team, and a subcom
mittee of the Budget and Planning group
charged with the responsibility of cutting
$2 million of requested expenditures in
order to balance the budget with antici
"This year's process was tough," said
Jim Newlin, vice president of finance and
development "We realize our decisions
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are affecting people and programs, but we
also realize that our resources, Uke other
institutions, are finite."
According to figures released by the
Board of Trustees, the total projected reve
nues for the 1991-92 budget were
$21,166,164. Revenues were balanced
with expected expendituresof $21,108,377.
Included in this year's budget was a pro
jected $500,000 in debt service payments
on interest from loans taken by the college
to help complete various building projects
on campus. The debt service represented
2.4 percent of the total college budget.
The actual tuition and fee increase was
9.95 percent. The actual combined total
tuition, room and board increase, how
ever, was 9.5 percent.
The Board of Trustees passed $278,648
for academic departments and $292,110
for athletics. $1,909,000 was devoted to
Guilford's food service and $1,902,675 to
campus residential halls.
The 4 percent salary pool increase fell
short of the original goals of the Budget
and Planning Committee, which had hoped
to increase salaries by 6 percent, according
Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.
to President Bill Rogers.
Rogers said he was disappointed that
the college could not offer higher salary
increases, but he felt the four percent fig
ure was a good compromise, considering
that the Budget and Planning Committee
had discussed the possibility of only a two
percent salary increase earlier in the delib
Said Rogers, "I am a little disappointed
that we could not raise salaries to the 6
percent level, but I am confident of the
decision we reached. I still think we are
better off than many other institutions. I
know of other institutions which have ei
ther frozen salaries or actually cut sala
Newlin said the salary increase was the
most difficult question Budget and Plan
ning had to face. He also said that Guilford
was still competitive with other institu
tions based on salary increases.
"Deciding on the four percent pool was
the hardest decision the group had to make,
said Newlin. "We struggled with the issue
of the salary pool more than any other item
because we know our decision will affect
every single employee of the college."
In a memo issued to faculty and staff on
February 1 by The Budget and Planning
Committee, Rogers said that the decision
to reduce the number of administration
positions within the college was due in part
to a trend in higher education during the
1990's will involve institutions
recognizing the importance of "cost-cut
ting and living within their means."
Rogers said that Guilford, like many
other institutions, will need to "reevaluate
programs that may not be at the core of our
operation and relinquish some positions
built up over the last two decades." He also
said that he hopes cuts in full-time or part
time appointments can be achieved in a
Although a total of 29 administrative
and support staff positions are being re
duced or eliminated, several of the posi
tions are open slots which will simply not
be filled, according to Rogers.
The two full-time faculty positions not
being filled are the positions vacated by
the deaths of John Grice and Grimsley T.
Hobbs. Rogers also said that no full-time
faculty positions are being eliminated, but
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