But UNC-system President Tom Ross said in a statement he was disappointed to see a small cut to the system’s budget, as well as no raises for faculty and staff. The reduction includes an $18 million cut to the money campuses use for private fundraising.
“It’s simply about being effective stewards of taxpayer money,” said Lee Roberts, the state budget director.
Ross applauded the proposed investments in East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine and Elizabeth City State University, which have both struggled financially in recent years amid budget cuts to universities.
McCrory would give Brody School of Medicine $16 million over two years.
ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard mentioned in early February that the school might have to close in five years if it didn’t get help from the state — though he later clarified his remarks, saying the school wouldn’t close.
“We are encouraged that (McCrory’s) budget proposal demonstrates his understanding of our impact on the region and state,” said Paul Cunningham, dean of the school, in an email.