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Monday, August 10, 2009 - 10:21am

GSU President Takes Furlough Lead As Regents Meet

Twelve furlough days are what Georgia State University President Mark Becker wants from his vice presidents and deans.

Becker proposed the unpaid leave today to deal with expected state budget cuts of up to 8 percent, or more than $17 million, from the downtown Atlanta campus:

"The budget cuts are leading to's important that the leaders demonstate that by stepping forward and taking their fair share".

The reductions in state funding come on the heels of millions of dollars in cuts for last fiscal year.

The state Board of Regents is scheduled to meet this week to hammer-out plans for all 35 state colleges and universities to deal with the cuts. Plans offered by the state’s 35 colleges and universities to the University System of Georgia include the impact of cuts of either 4, 6, or 8 percent. Details include cutting already thin staffs, reducing new books in college libraries, and putting-off building repairs.

The Board meets today and Wednesday in Atlanta.



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