Here is the canned response I got from U of W. Notice the comment at the end of the 3rd paragraph:
Dear Mr. ________:
Thanks for your note in support of Allen Vizzutti. He certainly is a talented and world renowned performer. We consider ourselves very lucky that he has been associated with our School of Music for so long. However, we have faced drastic decreases in state-funding over the last two years. These cuts have resulted in the elimnation of about 800 positions at the University, and more than 50 teaching positions in the College of Arts and Sciences alone. Thus, we have cut back on part-time instructors/Artists-in-Residence. Despite Mr. Vizzutti's absence, which will be felt, we continue to have strong faculty presence in the area of trumpet.
It is my job to look at staffing needs across a very large and diverse College, with over 20,000 students whose instruments also include the mandolin and microscope, tuba and telescope, and piano, pen and pencil. I doubt that anyone is fully satisfied with the kinds of decisions we are needing to make, but I am doing my best to balance across the needs both within the School of Music (e.g. wind vs brass) and those throughout the College (e.g music vs chemistry) during these difficult times.
The decision to further reduce Mr. Vizzutti's time with our program was not one that anyone came to easily, or without distress. And, I have no doubt that Mr. Vizzutti felt disrespected by the process, for which I am sorry. I'm not sure there is a truly satisfactory way of letting someone know that there position is being cut back even further, despite their good performance, but we have tried to treat Mr. Vizzutti with respect throughout. Indeed, despite this letter-writing campaign, we continue to treat him with the utmost respect.
Unfortunately, as further cutbacks are expected in the future, I am not at all confident it will be the last distressing decision we will make in the College. So, while I certainly don't enjoy getting notes such as this, I do believe it is a good thing that the loss of faculty such as Mr. Vizzutti does not go by without notice or criticism.
I often talk to business leaders, donors, and legislators about the importance of music, and the arts. They play a key role in nurturing the creativity and innovation that fuels our economy. In this sense, I appreciate all the concern I have heard about funding for the arts and I applaud all the support of music and music education that has come my way.
Ana Mari Cauce
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
University of Washington