Thursday, December 17, 2009

Letter from Temple President Ann Weaver Hart regarding approval of Commonwealth Appropriation

Dear members of the Temple University community:

Thanks in large measure to grassroots advocacy efforts of students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni, the state House of Representatives Monday approved Temple's $181.6 million Commonwealth appropriation for the current fiscal year. Governor Rendell signed the appropriations bill today. After an almost six-month delay, this is wonderful news. The funding represents more than 20 percent of Temple's operating budget.

It is clear that those members of our community who took the time to become vocal supporters on Temple's behalf over the last several months had a profound impact in bringing the appropriation to this decisive vote and to the Governor's desk. Thousands called or wrote their legislators to let them know how important the state's ongoing support is to Temple. More than 9,000 members of the extended Temple community also signed the online "Fight for the Cherry and White" petition. Taken together, these actions represent the greatest outpouring of public support that Temple has ever marshaled.

While the Commonwealth appropriation for the current fiscal year (ending on June 30, 2010) is now resolved, the process of working with the Governor and our elected officials on next year's appropriation has already begun. We will continue to keep you informed and involved in the process through periodic reports. I hope you will also sign up to receive instant updates on the Commonwealth appropriation and other legislative issues affecting Temple University via the Office of Government, Community and Public Affairs' Twitter account at TUGovtAffairs.

I want to thank you for your support, and I look forward to working with you in 2010 on behalf of Temple, one of this country's great urban universities.


Ann Weaver Hart

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