Saturday, September 17, 2016

Tuskegee University to Eliminate 100-Plus Positions - Zenitha Prince, AFRO

Tuskegee University is among the latest HBCUs to announce a significant cut in their workforce due to “right-sizing” efforts. The Alabama university recently announced its commitment to reducing its annual operating costs by $15 million to $20 million over the next three years. And, payroll expenses will play an integral role in the administration’s effort to trim the fat on its budget. As it stands, teaching and staff positions are not in balance with expected enrollment, school authorities said. The university, therefore plans to slash 60 non-tenure positions that have been budgeted for but are currently vacant. Additionally, 60 current adjunct and staff positions will be permanently eliminated, bringing the expected budget savings to $8.5 million. “Voluntary efforts to balance the workforce since fiscal year 2015 have moved us significantly closer to our target personnel levels,” said Tuskegee President Brian L. Johnson, in a statement.

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