Government Relations

2014-2015 Budget News

The 2014-2015 Budget was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor with some Line Item Vetoes. The Governor did not veto any UWF related budget items.  

President Judy Bense had intended to give a town hall to discuss the budget, but unfortunately had to cancel due to the storms that passed through the region the night before the event. You can find her Letter to the UWF Community and the Budget Townhall 2014 PowerPoint at the attached links.

Board of Governor's Performance Funding

The Florida Legislature approved new funding and redistributed existing funding from each university's base and in addition, repurposed the performance funding from last year making a total of $200 million for the Board of Governors' performance funding initiative. The legislature accepted the BOG metrics approved at their January 2014 meeting, and their point and distribution system. Universities scoring at least 26 points will have their base funding restored plus a portion of the new money. The three universities scoring less than 26 points (FAU, UWF, and New College) will have a portion of their base funding withheld while they develop and submit a metric improvement plan during the summer to submit to the BOG for approval. Metric progress reports must be submitted in December 2014 and May 2015, and if satisfactory progress has been made, half the base funds withheld will be returned following each report.

UWF submitted on our Improvement Plan to the Board of Governors on June 17, 2014. The improvement plan was approved by the full Board on June 19, 2014.

Florida Capitol Building


It is the mission of the Governmental Relations Office to manage communications with governmental stakeholders at the local, state and federal level including agencies and elected officials. The assistant vice president works with administrators, faculty, staff and students to identify issues for legislative action and works directly with legislators to effectuate outcomes beneficial to the university.