East Carolina University’s Board of Trustees (BOT) met today to deliver an update in regards to The Athletics Fiscal Sustainability Working Group report and provide a summary of new recommendations to follow.
Interim Chancellor Ron Mitchelson said The Athletics Fiscal Sustainability Working Group report was finalized for use on May 14. He said the working group has put together a general set of recommendations.
Mitchelson provided a brief summary of the recommendations, which includes several different notions such as fundraising and scholarship distribution. He said the possibility for a reduction in the number of sports is a recommended possibility.
“One of the hot topics of course, for everyone it seems, is the number of sports,” Mitchelson said. “As you are well aware ECU is at the top of the list when it comes to the number of sports in the American with 20, so the possibility of reducing the number of sports is recommended there.”
It is important to note there will be no increase in athletics fees in the coming fiscal year, according to Mitchelson.
ECU Athletic Director Jon Gilbert said ECU plans to have both students and football in the fall. He said if there is an event which causes a modified schedule where football is pushed back and there is not a full schedule, there could be a revenue fallout.
Conscious decisions have been made to reduce expenditures, according to Gilbert. He said all operating units and sports programs will be taking budget cuts in the neighborhood of 10 to 20%.
“Our revenue projections are largely dependent on students and school being back in the fall and football playing as normal,” Gilbert said.