ANNAPOLIS -- The executive director of the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown said Friday he is confident the downtown campus will be spared a suggested 90 percent funding cut being considered by state lawmakers.
However, USM-H Executive Director C. David Warner said it would be unrealistic, in the current economic environment, not to expect some reduction in funding.
"Most state entities I know are taking a cut of some kind," Warner said.
A state budget analyst on Friday recommended to a Senate subcommittee that funding for USM-H be cut from $2 million to $172,000 in the coming budget year and that USM-H be turned into a non-USM center. The same recommendation was heard last week before a subcommittee in the House.
Officials have said the proposed cuts would force the closure of the campus, which offers 21 programs from six universities and enrolled 455 students as of the fall of 2008.