2010 State Relations testimonies

Wed, 03/03/2010
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little testified to the House Vision 2020 Committee about the challenges and opportunities facing higher education, and the University of Kansas specifically. While budget cuts have created significant problems, KU is moving forward in areas that will help ensure Kansas is ready for the recovery.
Tue, 03/02/2010
Barry Swanson, Director of Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing, testified to the Senate Education Committee on HB 2433, which would expand and extend a program giving KU greater autonomy in the area of purchasing. Under the Purchasing Pilot Project, KU has saved more than $1.7 million in the past two years.
Mon, 03/01/2010
Barry Swanson, Director of Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing, testified to the Senate Ways and Means Committee in support of HB 2415, which would give KU important flexibility when selling surplus property. This would enable the university to get the best possible price when disposing of such property.
Mon, 02/15/2010
In testimony to the House Education Budget Committee, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little outlined KU’s positive economic impact, including the 6,000 graduates it educates each year and the 17 active Kansas companies that are based on KU research. She urged committee members to avoid additional cuts that would harm the state’s ability to be ready for an economic recovery.
Tue, 02/09/2010
In written testimony provided to the Senate Ways & Means Subcommittee on Higher Education, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little outlined how $37.3 million in cuts and unfunded mandates have hampered KU’s ability to provide the educated graduates and research discoveries that will be critical to Kansas’ economic recovery. She urged legislators to avoid additional cuts that would further damage the university’s ability to contribute to the Kansas economy.
Thu, 02/04/2010
Theresa Gordzica, KU's Chief Financial Officer, testified to the House Education Committee in support of HB 2446, which would streamline rules governing donations to the university, eliminating inefficiency and duplication and maximizing the effect of donor gifts.
Thu, 02/04/2010

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little testified to the Kansas House Appropriations Committee on how the state's investment in KU is leveraged into significant returns, both in terms of educated graduates and in terms of research discoveries that drive the economy and enhance Kansans' quality of life.

Tue, 02/02/2010
Dr. Kirk Benson, professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and president of the University of Kansas Physicians, testified in support of the Health Care Stabilization Fund and SB 414, saying the fund is important to maintaining a stable medical malpractice insurance environment in Kansas, as well as to the recruitment and retention of faculty at the medical center.
Tue, 01/26/2010
Barry Swanson, Director of Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing, testified in support of HB 2415, which would give KU important flexibility when selling surplus property.
Wed, 01/20/2010
Ryan Spaulding, director of the Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth at the University of Kansas Medical Center, testified to the Vision 2020 Committee in support of increasing patient access to telemedicine services.
Wed, 01/20/2010
Barry Swanson, Director of Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing, testified to the Kansas House Education Committee on HB 2433, which would expand and extend a program giving KU greater autonomy in the area of purchasing. Under the Purchasing Pilot Project, KU has saved more than $1.7 million in the past two years.

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