- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Faced with criticism about University of Montana’s budget cuts and declining enrollment, University President Royce Engstrom says he will dedicate his recent raise to a leadership scholarship.

The Missoulian reports (https://bit.ly/1T04Dai ) that Engstrom said Wednesday during his midyear update to the campus that he will dedicate the $6,093 difference between his current salary and his approved raise to helping a student. The Board of Regents approved increasing Engstrom’s salary to $309,207, from $303,144 on Jan. 19.

Wednesday’s update was his first public forum since UM announced its plan in January for personnel cuts. He said the cuts amount to some $8 million out of the $12 million UM needs to eliminate in its upcoming 2017 fiscal year budget.

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Information from: Missoulian, https://www.missoulian.com

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