This month’s luncheon sponsored by The John C. Stennis Institute of Government and the Capitol Press Corps featured Dr. Mark Keenum, president of Mississippi State University. Keenum spoke on MSU’s efforts to deal with budget cuts, and his optimism at the future of the expanding university. Here is an excerpt that shows Keenum’s leadership during tough economic times, something more state leaders should emulate:
He explained upon beginning his administration last year he immediately faced a five percent budget cut and spent all but three weeks of his first six months as president in Jackson lobbying for level funding this year. He succeeded, but when he returned to Starkville he instructed all departments to write budgets that assumed a five percent cut again.
“Sure enough, last month, the governor made a five percent cut,” Keenum said. “We were already prepared for that.”
Keenum also initiated cost savings efficiencies: by transitioning from paper checks to electronic transactions, the university is saving $400,000 a year.
You can read the full column at the Madison County Journal: Perry / MSU prepared for budget cuts