Thursday, December 15, 2016

MU still working to balance budget amid state cuts - LACIE PIERSON, Herald Dispatch

Marshall University officials are continuing their years-long work into a plan to save the university money amid budget cuts from the state of West Virginia. During the board's regular meeting Wednesday in the Memorial Student Center, Marshall President Jerome Gilbert told the Marshall Board of Governors the university was in the process of absorbing about $1.2 million in midyear cuts from the state announced by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin last month. While the 2 percent across-the-board midyear cuts from the state took university officials by surprise, Gilbert said he felt the university was poised to absorb the cuts fairly easily through cost-saving measures that were being implemented prior to the cuts. "We think we can do this by increasing the position freeze in place by putting more scrutiny on vacant positions and using the severance plan," Gilbert said.

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