As part of the University’s effort to bring expenses into balance with the lower revenue, administrators spent the past several months reviewing the hiring process with an eye toward eliminating 100 positions.
At the February Board of Regents meeting, President Robert Frank announced that goal has been met and exceeded, adding up to nearly $2 million in savings to offset declines in tuition revenue.
In his report, Frank told the regents a total of 257 positions have been eliminated, far exceeding the 100 position goal. Of that total, 44 positions were eliminated completely for a savings of $1.7 million.
Another 213 of the positions eliminated, but with some of the funding reallocated either to a different position or to cover previous cuts in previous budget years. During that period, the review team approved 114 positions.
“After careful review, almost one in three funded positions were denied,” Frank said. “While this pace is not sustainable, it is a significant initial effort toward right-sizing the university.”
When announcing the hiring review last fall, the president said the university was smaller than it used to be. “We have fewer students, so we need to find ways to operate with fewer employees.”
The hiring review team, made up of representatives of the offices of the President, Administration, Academic Affairs and Human Resources, spent the several months evaluating all vacant positions.