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N.C. State facing $36M in budget cuts

Posted March 10, 2009

— North Carolina State University Chancellor James Oblinger said Tuesday that scores of employees, including faculty and administrators, could lose their jobs as the university tries to trim $36 million from its budget.

"There will be pain for all of us," Oblinger said in his annual "State of the University" address. "In good years, the university and education has done well. In the downturn, we have to step up and do our part to help."

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N.C. State's history is one of listening to the needs of North Carolina and responding with real-world solutions, he said, adding that the No. 1 need now is getting North Carolina out of an economic recession.

Economists at the university don't expect an economic recovery for at least a year, he said.

"We've engaged a wide range of people and groups across campus to help us prepare our approach to the budget shortfalls," he said. "We are planning our budget reductions strategically, with a goal of giving ourselves the best chance of a quick recovery."

Despite spending cuts, Oblinger said, N.C. State will do its best to move forward with research and economic development-related projects. He cited textile research that brought Spirit Aerosystems and 1,000 jobs to Kinston.

University administrators will have a better understanding of where they will need to cut once the state's budget is presented, but "difficult decisions" are ahead, Oblinger said.


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  • SouthernSky Mar 11, 2009

    I am a senior at NC State..How about shutting down Carter-Finley for a year. Just think of how much money is wasted on athletics that could go towards education and maintaining jobs that benefit the majority of the student body. Remember the little lady named Mary Easley? Get her off the payroll. What a shame that is.

  • maddie Mar 10, 2009

    Maybe the faculty could take a 5% cut just as some UNC faculty did. The highest paid employees can do this.
    And then there is Mary Easley. She did not SAVE the state $125,000 dollars when Bill Clinton spoke as that was not a necessity.

  • LocalYokel Mar 10, 2009

    I agree, sports must go first from schools to save money. Sports are not what school is for and the drain too much resource from education. Its a simple concept for government: With less revenue there will be less services from the government, so start cutting services now so that you can balance the budget. Have discipline and make those tough decisions intelligently - don't borrow or steal money.

  • eternalrage83 Mar 10, 2009

    Disband the sports programs to save god knows how much money and have all the athletes build you a bridge to get over the river of tears you are crying.

  • olsaltydog Mar 10, 2009

    westral, try preaching that sermon to the current White House resident, who is blaming GW.

  • batcave Mar 10, 2009

    westral. As a Republican , I can say you are correct.

  • patrick85ed Mar 10, 2009

    "Chancellor James Oblinger said Tuesday that scores of employees, including faculty and administrators, could lose their jobs as the university tries to trim $36 million from its budget"........what? Lay-offs were announced over a week ago at NC State so why lie and say we could loose jobs.

  • westral Mar 10, 2009

    whatusay...can you stop blaming this on democrats? If you want to look for big government, just look to DC for the last eight years. Look at that deficit!! Stop blaming one party for all our problems. This is an American problem and the sooner we see it as such, the sooner we can form solutions and get back on track.

  • whatusay Mar 10, 2009

    I doubt services will be cut, only un-needed state employees. And yes, there are plenty of them. Government under democrats get bigger each year. A good down-sizing will do all NC taxpayers a favor. After this NC needs to start working on cutting services and jobs for the illegals that we are supporting.

  • dws Mar 10, 2009

    lol, Ms Mary will forever be a lightning rod as long as she remains at State