Leaders of the three state universities are presenting their plans today to the Iowa Board of Regents explaining how they will deal with budget cuts. Iowa State University president Greg Geoffroy told the Regents his plan includes a reduction in the number of county extension office directors from 97 to 20.

Jack Payne, vice president for extension and outreach, released the information to extension employees in a videotaped message, saying I.S.U. expects to lose $38-million in state money meaning I.S.U. Extension’s budget will be cut by $4.15 million.

I.S.U. also plans to eliminate 350 student courses. University of Iowa President Sally Mason and University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen delivered less detailed presentations, but Mason said the UI will need to cut "several hundred" positions.

See the I.S.U. Extension news release and video here.