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K-State Today

September 8, 2022

A letter from Provost Taber

Submitted by Charles Taber

Dear faculty and staff:

As you may recall, the Kansas Board of Regents approved a temporary workforce management policy in January 2021 that is set to expire Dec. 31, 2022. Emporia State University has announced that it intends to submit a plan to the board for using that policy.

I write to you today to assure you that we have no intention to submit a plan using this policy at Kansas State University.

Like many higher education institutions, we have faced budgetary challenges at K-State over the last decade. Working together through shared governance, deans, vice presidents, department heads, faculty and staff have made difficult decisions, including eliminating vacant positions and deploying furloughs.

Even in these challenging times, we have a remarkable history of finding new pathways for revenue generation; creating new, innovative educational and research programs that attract new students and research funding to the university; and identifying and gaining efficiencies. Your engagement with the KSU Foundation in philanthropic efforts has also provided needed financial support. Your contributions have been integral to meeting our budgetary challenges.

Thank you for all that you do for K-State — our faculty and staff bring incredible value to this university, our communities, our state and beyond, and we will all continue to do great things together as we chart our future as the next-generation land-grant university in Kansas.

Charles Taber
Provost and Executive Vice President