The regents’ June meeting started with a special meeting Wednesday night. There were only two topics, the UA budget and UAA athletics. This Anchorage Daily News article did a fair job of summarizing the UAA athletics agenda item.
The discussion on the budget outlook was concerning. President Gamble pointed out that a significant portion of the UA budget is employee compensation. And Michelle Rizk, Interim Chief Human Resources Officer reminded the board of the Alaska State Legislature’s letter to the governor encouraging holding down compensation increases in negotiations with state employee unions. She also pointed out that ASEA members have ratified a new three-year contract with increases of 1%, 1% and 2.5%. What does this mean for staff at UA?
My takeaway from the meeting was the great questions asked by the regents of the administration. As I noted in my testimony to the regents, it is critical for regents to continue asking these tough questions. Only through this kind of transparency and accountability will our university thrive.