FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) — Wright State University is cutting 71 jobs in an effort to correct a major budget deficit. The University wants to cut 30 million dollars to get back on track.
Interim President, Dr. Curtis McCray said, “I’m sorry we are in this position.”
The University on Friday released a plan to cut costs. Along with cutting 71 jobs, the University also plans not to fill 107 current vacant positions.
“I think everyone that works at the university is unsettled and frightened for their jobs,” said WSU Staff Member, Dawn Banker.
She’s one of several staff members who are upset. She says the university is trying to make personnel changes right before they find out who will be laid off.
“They are changing the rules of the game on us right before they take people’s jobs away,” said Banker.
The 71 job cuts will include four faculty members, 24 classified employees and 43 unclassified employees.
Of the 107 current vacant positions, 35 are faculty, 14 are classified and 58 are unclassified positions.
“I essentially believe this is the low point for WSU today and everything from here is forward and up,” said Finance Committee Chair, Doug Fecher.
By cutting the 71 jobs and not filling 107 more positions, the University estimates it will save nearly $13.9 million dollars. The total amount of budget cuts will save the University more than $14.1 million annually, according to projections.
The University also released a list of goals for the new budget which include:
- produce a balanced budget with a minimum $5 million surplus to begin restoring reserves
Maintain instructional and educational components of our mission as the highest priorities
Create and maintain a strong culture of fiscal accountability
Sustain prioritization and review processes to ensure continuous efficiency and effectiveness
In addition, they are proposing to cut the women and men’s swim teams, cutting down on the amount of travel and overtime and also reducing the amount of money spent on repairs and even some scholarships.
We asked how it will ultimately impact students.
“Students won’t feel it immediately. They will only feel it remotely. We’ve taken real efforts to keep the classroom pristine and to not notice that. There may be occasionally a hallway not cleaned as well as it should be,” said Dr. Curtis McCray.
The board of trustees will be voting on that final budget on June 8th.