LSU Budget Crisis Letter to Faculty & Staff

To:  LSU Faculty and Staff

From:  Jack Hamilton, LSU Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Re:       Fiscal Year 2011-12 Budget Crisis

Date:  July 13, 2010

Dear colleagues:

Later today the university will submit a report to the LSU System Office that outlines $46 million in possible budget reductions and the elimination of hundreds of jobs for the 2011-12 fiscal year in anticipation of severe cuts to higher education in the next 12 months.  The report was produced at the request of System President John Lombardi who, as you know, asked for all campuses in the LSU System to prepare for budget reductions of 23 percent.

If these cuts are actually put into effect, it would dramatically change LSU.  Although no reduction will be officially imposed at this time, we have been instructed to proceed with the assumption that these cuts will take place.

To recap the process, LSU's Budget Crisis Committee divided campus units into three categories.  Level Three units are those that deliver the core functions of teaching and research.  Level Two units are those that directly support teaching and research, but are not actively engaged in delivering those core functions.  Level One units are those that are indirectly related to the core functions of teaching and research.

For our report to the System Office, we have specified approximately $26 million in cuts to support units in Level One and Level Two, reductions that would result in the loss of 261 jobs on campus.  The list of proposed cuts can be found on LSU's website at

The committee will next tackle the specification of $20 million in cuts to Level Three units.  These cuts will impact the core functions of teaching and research and will entail the reduction, consolidation or elimination of programs.  More layoffs, including faculty, will be projected when Level Three cuts are specified.

There is no pleasure in sharing this grim news.  We will keep you informed every step of the way through direct communication and via the budget crisis website.