Albrecht delivers state of university address, calls for second furlough

Utah State University President Stan Albrecht delivered his first-ever “state of the university” address to a packed Stevenson Ballroom in the Taggart Student Center Tuesday afternoon.During his 40-minute address, Albrecht discussed the state of the institution in these troubled economic times, but the headline of the speech was likely his call for a second furlough of university employees.In March, employees took five unpaid days off during Spring Break. Albrecht said a second furlough will be discussed, but noted that it would be different from the 2009 edition.”It will take a different form than the last one,” Albrecht said, noting that higher income employees would be furloughed for more days than lower income employees. Also, the burden of the furlough would be spread over 12 months.”We might, for example, consider a maximum of five days of furlough, spread over 12 months, for our highest income group, and a minimum of two days of furlough, again spread over 12 months, for our lowest income group,” Albrecht said. “If you consider these numbers, the impact on monthly take home pay will be quite modest, particularly for our lowest income group. Two days, spread over 12 pay periods, should not create an undue burden on anyone. And, by sharing the burden in this fashion, a significant number of jobs will be saved.”A second potential major development from the speech was the implication that USU may look at creating a new college of the fine arts and creating a new school within a current college for vocational and technical education programs.On the fine arts front, Albrecht said, there are significant fundraising and naming possibilities with a college as opposed to a school. The current school of the arts is named the Caine School of the Arts, and a Caine College of the Arts, for example, could bring a named school of music and other programs.The full text of Albrecht’s speech can be found by

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