Hopes for UW Raises Remain in Face of Cuts

UW   11-18, 2016

Even as the University of Wyoming grapples with more than $40 million in budget cuts, President Laurie Nichols said she still holds out hope of offering pay raises to faculty and staff next year.

Nichols told the UW Board of Trustees on Thursday that it’s too soon to say whether a pay increase is possible, but she hasn’t given up trying to get one.

Nichols’ budget cut plans include no pay raise this year and reducing faculty numbers. Nichols says the university cannot meet its budget reduction goals without cutting faculty.

The state’s only public, four-year university faces steep budget cuts because of a drop in state funding brought on by a downturn in Wyoming’s energy economy.

The university has already eliminated about 100 vacant staff and faculty positions.