WMU News

Floyd pleased with proposed state funding

March 21, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- The House Appropriations Committee has proposed a 7 percent funding increase for Western Michigan University as part of its higher education funding proposal that will be taken up by the full House of Representatives later this month.

"As the university that has had the largest student enrollment increase in the state over the past two years, we will use this increase to address the impact this growth has had on our budget and programs," said Western Michigan University President, Elson S. Floyd. "We appreciate the leadership of the House committee on this budget. With this increase, we will be able to commit much needed resources to our fastest growing programs, specifically our world-class College of Aviation. In addition, we can begin implementing the initiatives outlined in my recent State of the University address."

Floyd went on to say that he looked forward to working with the Senate Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee as it considers the budget. The Senate higher education hearings begin in late April, with Floyd scheduled to appear May 11 at Lake Superior State University. Sen. John J.H. Schwarz of Battle Creek chairs that Senate sub-committee.

For additional information, contact Jeff Breneman, associate vice president for legislative affairs, at (616) 387-2074.

Media contact: Matt Kurz, 616 387-8400, matt.kurz@wmich.edu

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