Trustees cut 28 jobs to balance budget

By Heather Beyer, Editor-in-Chief

The Board of Trustees approved a revised budget Wednesday morning as part of a campus-wide effort to reduce expenses due to a decline in enrollment and student credit hours.

University spokeswoman Eileen Korey said 28 employees have been notified that their positions are being eliminated or the contracts are not being renewed.

Most of the employees will continue to work through the end of the year.

According to university officials, fall 2013 credit hours are roughly 6 percent below fall 2012 which resulted in a projected revenue reduction of
$15 million.

Previous budget reductions presented to the Board over the summer totaled more than $25 million in operating expenses across the campus and the elimination of about 100 positions.

At the  meeting, President Luis Proenza called the process of balancing the budget “difficult and painful.”

The reductions were implemented after the university made a thorough review of each college and department.