Under fiscal watch status, the WSU trustees and administration would have to adopt a financial recovery plan with an eye toward ending the status of fiscal watch within three years, according to state law.
Wright State has spent more money than it generated every year since 2012. In fiscal year 2017, WSU overspent its budget by $24.6 million. In her email, Schrader praised the university for cutting an estimated $50 million in expenses since last year.
“As painful as some of that has been, it has been a necessary achievement. This year we have turned 180 degrees toward being fiscally responsible and accountable,” the president wrote.
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Schrader’s email represents the latest outlook in a cascade of wide-ranging opinions WSU administrators and trustees have expressed about the school’s finances in recent weeks.
In April, chief business officer Walt Branson said he thought Wright State was unlikely to add $6 million to its reserve fund but most recently said he thought the university would more than achieve that goal.
Trustee Sean Fitzpatrick has said the university appeared to be “on trajectory” for fiscal watch while board of trustees chairman Doug Fecher has said he didn’t “know how hopeful to be at this point.”
The WSU board of trustees will consider a budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 at 8:30 a.m., June 8 in the student union’s apollo room.
A preliminary budget proposal calls for Wright State to add $3 million to its reserve fund next year. That amount, Schrader said, would be closer to $12 million if it weren’t for unexpected expenses stemming from health care, fee waivers and enrollment fluctuations.
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