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Budget Cuts' Impact on CWU Top Priority, New President says in First Interview

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Central Washington University's new president is focused on the impact of state budget cuts on the college, he told KNDO in his first interview since taking the position.

Jim Gaudino says he cannot take anything off the table when it comes to changes at the school but will try to avoid touching academic programs as much as possible.  The school will accommodate the cuts by reducing travel expenses and freezing whatever positions they can. 

The affect of the current economic environment is the top priority for the new university president in the short term but as he looks to move the school in a new direction long term, he says he wants to build on the school's central asset.

"I think if I were to say what is Central Washington best at among the five universities in Washington, I would say it's that contact point between faculty, staff, and students," Gaudino says.

He comes to Ellensburg from Kent State University in Ohio, where he was the dean of the communication school.  In his third week on the job, he will head to Olympia to represent the school during budget discussions at the state capitol. 

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