July 1. The new fiscal year commences today, and, at least on paper, the college is again flush. Unfortunately, with the (important) exception of some new faculty hires, the FY 2014 budget is pancake flat, leaving CoH in its all-too-familiar state of chronic underfunding. If there’s a new wrinkle in this old fabric, it is (in addition to the still-new presidency of Rodney Bennett, of course) the appearance of Doug Vinzant, our recently appointed VP for Finance and Administration, Dr. Bennett’s first cabinet hire. The widespread expectation is that Dr. Vinzant will bring fresh analytic focus and a vigorous emphasis on strategic planning to the entire budgetary process. New year, new hope!