UH flagship campus faces $31M deficit

HONOLULU (AP) - The flagship campus of the University of Hawaii is facing a $31 million shortfall.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the University of Hawaii-Manoa is facing the fourth year of declining enrollment. The tuition shortfall, declining state support and rising energy and personnel costs account for the deficit.

Interim chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman says he's actively seeking ways to cut spending, but warns the deficit could keep growing as they re-evaluate spending priorities.

Deans and directors have been asked to find ways to restrict spending this year. Those measures might involve halting new hires.

A committee will begin work next week to review the budgetary process.

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