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State budget director takes job with UNC system

Posted December 21, 2010

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— Amid a projected $3.7 billion deficit, State Budget Director Charlie Perusse will leave his post in the coming weeks to take a job with the University of North Carolina system, officials said Tuesday.

Perusse will become vice president for finance for the 17-campus system sometime before March 1, succeeding Ernest Murphrey, who is retiring.

“I am convinced that Charlie Perusse is the right person to assume this critically important role,” UNC President-elect Tom Ross said in a statement. “He has devoted his entire professional career to serving the state of North Carolina in key finance positions, and along the way, he has earned the trust, respect and confidence of state leaders and legislators on both sides of the aisle.

"He understands this (university system’s) growing impact on North Carolina’s economic future, and he has the broad financial and administrative expertise needed to help us meet the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead," Ross continued.

As the UNC system’s chief financial officer, Perusse will oversee a $7.4 billion budget and will work with the UNC Board of Governors, Ross and other senior staff members in developing university policies and programs.

Perusse served as senior fiscal analyst for the state House in the late 1990s, where he coordinated appropriations subcommittees in developing the state budget, analyzed the governor’s proposed budgets and prepared 10-year budget forecast models.

He was named the state's deputy budget director in 2002 and was promoted to budget director two years ago. As director, he oversees development of Gov. Beverly Perdue's recommended budget, monitors spending and revenue to maintain a balanced budget, updates bond-rating agencies and supervised development of the state's six-year capital improvement plan.


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  • omicrone Dec 23, 2010

    This guy is getting a 50% pay increase to manage 1/3 the budget he was managing. This is an example of how the UNC school system is wasting our money.

  • prn13norm Dec 22, 2010

    Rats jumping from the sinking NC Democrat ship.

  • Word Dec 21, 2010

    brevard - "What is wrong with a good promotion?"

    He quit his job from one state agency and got another position within the state for more $$$ and then the same day as this announcement Gov. Bev. puts a hiring freeze on state positions. If that isn't being part of the Good Ole Boys Network I don't what is.

  • GroupOfPricklyPears Dec 21, 2010

    Good move on his part, smart move on Judge Ross's part - win/win. Congrats, well done.

  • davidgnews Dec 21, 2010

    Patronage job alert.

  • harmstrong4 Dec 21, 2010

    how many of you with jobs could quit and move right into a higher paying one? Good old boys network. Look at that maroon running for mayor of Chicago. He hasnt even lived there for the required amount of time, but they will rule in his favor.

  • ASU Dec 21, 2010

    I just looked up his salary it was 153,000.

  • brevard Dec 21, 2010

    You folks sure don't know Charlie Perusse. He is and has been a smart, dedicated person in the jobs he has held. What is wrong with a good promotion?

  • we_all_have_it_coming Dec 21, 2010

    Strategic move no doubt.

    When the cuts start across the state... hiring the guy who knows how to sham the system may help you dodge some bullets?

  • ncguy Dec 21, 2010

    The Good old boy's club at work.

    Obviously it has nothing to do with being competent or doing your job well.