July 10, 2019
July 10, 2019
UA President Jim Johnsen will be available for media questions after veto override vote
WHO: University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen.
WHAT: Press availability to answer media questions after today’s vote to override the governor’s veto to the legislature’s budget for the University of Alaska.
WHEN: 2:30 - 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 10.
WHERE: Sherman Carter Conference Room, 204 Butrovich Bld. on the UAF Campus. Journalists unable to attend in person can call into the presser at 866-832-7806, PIN 4590183#.
WHY: President Johnsen will answer questions about the outcome of today’s override vote and the immediate next steps for the university.
BACKGROUND: The University of Alaska relies on public and private funding. In FY19, $327 million of the university's budget came from the state appropriation. After vetoes, the state's funding dropped to $192 million in FY20. Since 2014, the state’s contribution to the University of Alaska’s budget has declined from $378 million. Budget cuts have reduced the university’s service to the state, impacted its reputation and targeted the affordability for students.
More information about the FY20 budget is posted at: https://alaska.edu/pres/fy2020-budget/index.xml
For more information, contact Roberta Graham, associate vice president of public affairs at 907-360-2416 (cell).