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UHV students make compelling case to legislators for budget

Posted By Dr. Bob Glenn, Monday, March 4, 2019


During the past month, I have spent quite a bit of time in Austin as we have gone about the business of talking with our state legislators about the university’s budget for the coming biennium.


The first two times, I was there to testify before the budget committees of the House and the Senate. These are formal occasions and are highly structured. Each institution’s president is given three minutes to make his case, and then there is a question-and-answer period. When you stop to think about the number of presidents who come before the committees, it is easy to see right away that these are long and tiresome days for everyone involved. They are long and tiresome but also very, very necessary.


As I watched the hearings, I was impressed by the attention given by legislators to the task and to each institution. The questions asked by legislators reflected their connections to the various institutions and to the issues being faced by higher education. I was encouraged by what I saw. It may not be a perfect process, but I see it as one that is thorough and transparent. That is a good thing for taxpayers and a good thing for UHV.


But my third visit to the Capitol was by the far the best. On Feb. 25, we brought a busload of UHV students to meet with legislators and make the case for the budget. I really cannot say enough positive things about the job our students did for us. They were both enthusiastic and passionate about their university. The students took their job seriously and had studied our budget request so they could answer even difficult questions. It just made my heart warm to watch them go to work on behalf of UHV.


At the end of the day, a university is in the people business. We deliver services to people through our people, and the end product is graduates who are more productive and engaged in making a difference in this state. When I have the opportunity to see our students in action, I am reminded that UHV can stand toe-to-toe with any university in this state or any other. We do great work. Our students are the best example of what we can accomplish. I am very proud to have a chance to work with them. I hope you feel the same way.


I have several more trips to make to Austin before the end of this legislative session. It is not the easiest thing I do, but it is a very important task. The good news for me is that the students have given me the energy to move forward and stay focused. Working for them is important work that gives meaning to what I do.

Tags:  Austin  budget  Capitol  Legislature  UHV 

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