When Pete Likins gave his inaugural address in 1997, I listened to his words carefully as he described the "whitewater" we would all one day experience. He urged us to prepare. He was aware that severe challenges would attend this institution's quest to continuously improve.
In July 2000, I became provost. Immediately I, too, came to see riffles of whitewater downstream. Then we were in it. Between July 2001 and today, the permanent cuts in our operating budgets have removed $33.4 million from academic affairs and $12.9 million from business affairs, campus life, advancement, and the office of the president. Colleges have had to cut faculty positions, staff positions, support for students, courses and classes, seats, operations support, computer support, travel support, capital equipment support, graduate student support and support for outreach activities.