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July 25, 2002

$8 million to be cut from selected budgets

$8 million will be cut from selected budgets

To help balance its fiscal year 2003 budget, Pitt will trim $8 million from the operating budgets of certain, yet-to-be-determined responsibility centers.

Some targeted units may meet their budget-cutting goals by not filling currently budgeted staff and faculty positions, said Chancellor Mark Nordenberg. "But this is not a budget that is built around the expectation that there will be any significant layoffs and position reductions," he added.

Nordenberg, Provost James Maher and Senior Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Arthur Levine ultimately will decide which units will absorb the $8 million in budget cuts. According to Arthur Ramicone, vice chancellor for Budget and Controller, the senior administrators will consider input from a working group of responsibility center heads.

Identifying the units to be cut "has got to be done pretty soon," Ramicone said. "What we'll announce is that it's $8 million to be cut [University-wide] but we won't announce which individual units will be cut or by how much."

— Bruce Steele

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