White delivers State of the University address in Washington, D.C.

Interim President Gary G. White spread the word about the ongoing success and growth of the university to Marshall alumni and supporters from the Washington D.C. area and to members of West Virginia’s congressional delegation in his State of the University address last week in Washington, D.C.

White shared with policymakers the results of the Marshall 20/20 strategic planning process, which has resulted in projected budget savings of $3.4 million for the coming fiscal year.

“For more than a year, teams of employees from across the university have been working to identify and implement cost savings opportunities,” he told them. “The results of this effort will help us balance our budget in the face of reduced state funding, and ultimately lessen the financial burden on our students’ families. We’ll also be able to free up resources we can then reinvest in strategic priorities.”

He said an analysis of managerial functions will generate additional savings of more than $2.7 million over the next several years through attrition, reassignments and efficiency improvements.

White also acknowledged the efforts of Marshall’s student-athletes for their strong performances in the classroom as well as on the playing field.

Thundering Herd Athletic Director Mike Hamrick, Football Coach Doc Holliday and Men’s Basketball Coach Dan D’Antoni were on hand, along with representatives from many of the university’s programs with displays and demonstrations.