Wayne State University eliminates 200 jobs; only 80 positions were filled

Wayne State University eliminates 200 jobs; only 80 positions were filled
July 30, 2011/Detroit Free Press
Dave Jesse

Wayne State University has eliminated 200 positions, spokesman Matt Lockwood confirmed Friday.

Of those positions, 80 were currently filled. The exact number of layoffs will be known once union bumping processes are complete.

All the positions are administrative staff, except one clinical faculty position, Lockwood said.

WSU President Alan Gilmour sent an e-mail to all university employees late Thursday afternoon, notifying them of the moves.

"This note is to inform you that today we began a reduction in force and have notified most of the affected employees," he wrote. "This difficult decision was necessitated by a $32-million reduction in our (fiscal year) 2012 state funding, the largest cut in our history.

"In response to this reduction, we analyzed every school, college and division over the past several months to identify potential cost cuts and efficiencies. Our Board of Governors also voted to raise our undergraduate tuition by 6.9%, and our graduate tuition by 7.1%. Even with these efforts, a reduction in force is necessary to balance the budget and maintain the quality of our teaching and research. We are not planning additional personnel reductions beyond this reduction in force at this time."

WSU dodged a further state aid cut earlier in the day Thursday, when state budget director John Nixon ruled that an increase in summer tuition did not push the undergraduate tuition increase over a cap in the state budget.

State Rep. Bob Genetski, R-Saugatuck, said the House may still take up a measure to force a cut to WSU's state aid.

Contact David Jesse: 313-222-8851 or djesse@freepress.com

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