I heard this one again today, so my guess is it’s picking up steam. I heard it first from friends in the community, and it’s been repeated since on campus. It goes something like this: “UTMB knows it wants/needs to cut 3,000 jobs and Navigant is a ruse, a way to get it done. The decision’s already been made.” It’s a juicy and scary rumor, so I can understand why it’s spread, but the bottom line is that it’s not true. If you think it through, why would we invest so much money (more than a million bucks) if the goal was to end up just swinging the ax? If we knew that’s all we needed to do, anyone on campus could probably make up a dozen ways to “justify” it for free. Remember, we’re not in dire straits and not on the verge of going under. We’ve been working hard and making hard decisions, and getting by year after year. What Navigant is supposed to help us do–what they’ve done for other well-known academic health centers across the country and across Texas–is to help us move from “getting by” to really doing great. In some cases that may mean reducing costs and increasing efficiency, and that can/may translate to job cuts. But there’s only so much you can cut, and we’ve been that route before. Making cuts doesn’t enhance revenue, doesn’t bring in new dollars to do more things for the people we serve. Being great means making investments in your best people and programs, growing to meet new opportunities, having the facilities and resources to make good things happen. That’s the future for UTMB that I hear people talking about and planning.