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Statement from UM System President Mun Choi regarding budget withholdings


Christian Basi

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Today, Missouri Governor Michael Parson announced budget withholdings due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis. With Parson’s announcement, the withholdings to the University of Missouri will total approximately $36.5 million. 

“We appreciate everything that our elected officials are doing during this unprecedented time,” UM System President Mun Choi said. “The state is working hard to prioritize its resources, and we must all work together to get past this crisis. The UM System and all four of our universities are also taking thoughtful but necessary actions and remain focused on achieving our mission for student success, research and engagement with the State of Missouri and beyond.

“The UM System is not alone in this challenge; businesses and higher education institutions across the country are seeing many of the same impacts. Our goal is to ensure the long-term viability and mission of the university. To that end, we expect to make additional difficult decisions in the future.”


Reviewed 2020-04-01