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KU gets major requests funded in governor’s plan

January 12, 2012

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TOPEKA — Kansas University fared well under the budget proposed by Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday.

“KU appreciates the support of its priorities in the governor’s budget recommendations,” said KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little.

“These initiatives are vital to advancing the mission of the University of Kansas for the benefit of our state and region,” she said.

Brownback recommended $3 million in new funding to hire international-caliber research professors. KU officials have said this will help the university maintain its membership in the Association of American Universities.

He also proposed adding nearly $1.9 million more to KU Medical Center’s medical scholarship program. And he included the annual $5 million appropriation to the KU Cancer Center to help its effort in getting National Cancer Center Institute designation.

The governor’s budget now goes to the Legislature for consideration. Gray-Little said she looked forward to discussing the budget issues with legislators.

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