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Torgersen discusses degree of support with senators

By John Ashby

Spectrum Volume 21 Issue 14 - December 3, 1998

President Paul Torgersen discussed his assessment of the state of support for higher education in the state at the November meeting of the Faculty Senate.
Torgersen listed key players in the funding process, and singled out the Business Higher Education Council and the General Assembly as supporting the needs of higher education.
Torgersen said the Blue Ribbon Commission appointed by Governor James Gilmore probably "will not have anything substantive to report to the General Assembly session" this year. "It will probably be the year 2000 before there are any substantive recommendations from it," Torgersen said.
Torgersen said the press was generally supportive of higher education, although the general public probably would be more likely to support currently popular issues such as controlling costs, accountability and reducing taxes.
Torgersen said Tech alumni were a valuable resource for creating support for the university.
In other business, past President Skip Fuhrman presented his thoughts on the Faculty Senate and related issues. Fuhrman's remarks will be published in full in next week's issue of Spectrum.