UT Touts Cost-Cutting to Impress Legislators

The University of Tennessee saved more than $52 million through 132 cost-cutting initiatives in a bid to maximize its leaner budget and build goodwill with the state, reports Megan Boehnke.
“One of the reasons we did it was, of course, it was the right thing to do, and the second reason we did it was so we could tell our story to the Legislature and the governor and hopefully they would figure a way to give us no change or an increase in appropriations,” said UT Trustee Doug Horne at the Effectiveness and Efficiency for the Future committee meeting Friday on the Knoxville campus.
The committee, formed in 2008 as a way to find savings within the university at a time of drastic budget cuts, presented an update that showed 78 projects completed, another 44 in progress and 10 that are proposed.
The initiatives on the Knoxville campus include eliminating some vacant positions, a campaign to reduce energy consumption, a recycling program that decreases the waste removal costs and reducing campus bus services during semester breaks. The Knoxville campus expects a savings of more than $17 million and is working with TVA on a long-term energy savings plan that could result in several million dollars in savings
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