The 2014-2015 budget and the appointment of a vice-president of Academic and Research top the agenda for the Université de Moncton Board of Governors
Today (Saturday, April 12), the Université de Moncton Board of Governors adopted the
institution’s operating budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, beginning May 1st. The
budget foresees revenues of $115,666,000 and expenditures of $116,294,000; it projects a
deficit in the amount of $628,000.
“This year’s budget takes into account many realities that have been anticipated for
some time and that are now taking place,” said president and vice-chancellor Raymond
Théberge. “The institution’s two main sources of revenue are provincial grants and
tuition. This year, we are projecting a loss of net revenues totaling $325,000 from these
two sources. The Université Moncton has not faced such a situation for at least the last
The decrease in revenues - despite an increased provincial grant rate and a 3% rise in
tuition for undergraduate full-time students - is due to a decline in the number of
Canadian students registering at the institution. A phenomenon which has been expected for
some time, its impact started to be felt in 2013-2014. The drop in registrations stems
from reduced numbers of students in French schools and increased competition from other
“In fact, in January 2014, there were 250 fewer Canadian students registered at the
Université de Moncton, as compared to the same date in 2013. And in 2014-2015, we expect
an additional loss of 100 registrations,” he added.
Again this year, important measures were taken to control expenditures. In fact, the
average annual rate of increase in expenditure for the last three years has been 2.53%.
The expected rate of increase for 2014-2015 is well below that of the current year and of
the average for the past few years. Openness and cooperation on the part of the various
academic and non-academic budget managers have made possible this rationalization of
President Théberge also stated that the budget for student bursaries will increase by 3%,
the equivalent of the increase in tuition fees.
Board of Governors chair Raymond Lanteigne is pleased with the work done by the management
team in preparing the budget. “Considering the province’s poor economic situation and
the forecasted decline in the number of Francophone students in the school system over the
next few years, we cannot expect much change in the situation over the years to come,”
he said. “Measures initiated this year to control expenses will need to be continued in
order to ensure that the institution’s role within the Canadian and International
Francophonie remains intact and that together we can realize our collective dream as
enunciated in the institution’s strategic plan, Un rêve qui nous appartient (Our very
Following the Board of Governor’s meeting, the student presidents from the Edmundston
and Moncton campuses joined the chairman and the president in a meeting with students to
discuss the budget.
While student representatives voted against the budget and, consequently, against the hike
in tuition fees, all agree that the overall message is that education must become a
priority in New Brunswick. The president of the Moncton campus faculty association,
Marie-Noëlle Ryan, also expressed her support for this position.
During its meeting, the Board of Governors also approved the appointment of André Samson
as vice-president, Academic and Research, effective July 1st, 2014.
Mr. Samson will be responsible for managing, coordinating and developing academics and
research for the entire university network. He replaces Neil Boucher who has been in the
position since 2003.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Mr. Samson as a member of the management team,” said
president and vice-chancellor Raymond Théberge. “His academic background and his
experience in program restructuring and strategic planning will be definite assets for the
Université de Moncton.”
Mr. Samson, who holds a Ph.D. in psychology (neurosciences) from the Université de
Montréal, is currently dean of the faculties of Arts and Sciences at the Université de
Saint-Boniface, in Manitoba.
The Board of Governors also confirmed Lise Dubois for another five-year mandate in her
role as dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, as well as assistant
vice-president, Research. Ms. Dubois has been in the position since September 2009.
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