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UConn grads make state's economy competitive, Austin tells Chamber
The University is going through a period of drastic change, President Philip E. Austin told the Willimantic Chamber of Commerce at a breakfast meeting at the Willimantic Country Club Tuesday.
He said his greatest source of optimism is the construction on campus that will provide new buildings under the UConn 2000 program. But new buildings, while they are necessary for a great university, do not create a great university, he said. A number of other actions, including a new budgeting approach, and taking advantage of the retirement program to reallocate resources, will result in a "transformed institution 10 years from now.
"A billion dollars are now on the table and they are a manifestation that this economy can be rejuvenated on the platform of this state's only public research university," he said.
Austin noted that Yale, although a great university, sends its graduates out of state. UConn graduates provide the talent that "renders Connecticut's economy competitive."
Touching on a number of topics, Austin said:
§ On the football stadium:
Funds for the stadium must come from a source outside the University,
he said. The 35,000-seat stadium that Division I-A football requires
cannot be built at the expense of academic programs or UConn
Karen Grava Williams