2013 State Relations updates
The University of Kansas has selected Lindsey Douglas, who currently leads the Kansas Department of Transportation’s legislative efforts, to serve as KU’s director of state relations. Douglas will report to Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Timothy Caboni, who announced the hiring today.
Initiatives at the University of Kansas Medical Center include forward-thinking solutions to enhance student education, strengthen the health care workforce, improve health through community-based research and advance health care access, all while accelerating medical discoveries, expanding prevention science and caring for adult and pediatric patients.
The University of Kansas Medical Center is a major biomedical research institution, dedicated to innovation and discovery of cures and treatments to improve human health. Many of our scientists are nationally and internationally recognized as leaders in their areas of research.
The University of Kansas contributes to the prosperity of Kansas by turning many of its discoveries into new companies and new jobs. This fact sheet details some of the ways KU research is being used to enhance the state's economic growth. (Originally posted 01/28/13; Updated 6/18/14)
Since its founding in 1891, KU Endowment has provided more than $2 billion in support to the University of Kansas. The contributions of private donors benefit the entire state, as they assist KU’s campuses in Lawrence, Kansas City, Kan., Wichita, Overland Park and Salina. Of the total amount of philanthropy given to KU in fiscal year 2013, about 42 percent came from donors outside the state, providing a boost to the economy of Kansas.
In a message to faculty, staff and students at University of Kansas Medical Center campuses in Kansas City, Wichita and Salina, Executive Vice Chancellor Doug Girod, MD, outlined the enrollment reductions, layoffs, tuition increases and closures that are being implemented as a result of state budget cuts. KUMC's budget was cut by $8.2 million through FY 2014 and FY 2015.
Over the weekend, by the narrowest of majorities the Kansas Legislature passed the state budget for FY 2014 and FY 2015, which Governor Brownback is expected to sign into law. Despite advocacy that included the work of Jayhawks for Higher Education, legislators cut the University of Kansas budget by $13.53 million over the next two years.
So it was bound to happen eventually. What had been a smooth legislative session, with bills moving forward at a good clip and supportive higher education initiatives gathering appropriate momentum, changed abruptly.
Kansas Legislators are busy this week organizing their offices, learning the legislative do’s and don’ts and brushing up on parliamentary procedures in anticipation of the 2013 session. The largest class of new legislators in recent history will be sworn in January 14th in Topeka.