Wednesday, August 5, 2015

University of Akron to eliminate 213 jobs to address budget issues; E.J. Thomas workers get word on Monday - Marilyn Miller, Beacon Journal

The University of Akron eliminated 213 positions Monday, including the entire staff at E.J. Thomas Hall as part of a three-year plan to trim $40 million. University trustees approved the cuts and the majority of the eliminated jobs — 161 — will involve layoffs, while the rest are covered by not filling open positions. The cuts at E.J. Thomas came swiftly and as of 2 p.m., the entire staff was told the operation was being shuttered and the ticket office was closed. University President Scott Scarborough said there would be “personal conversations” with all the individuals being laid off. “It’s the only right and fair thing to do,” he said. “To show them the respect and courtesy they deserve.”

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