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Eleven KU Employees to Lose Jobs

January 23, 2009

Associated Press
More than a hundred open positions are not being filled to meet a state-mandated cut of 7 percent.

LAWRENCE - The University of Kansas is cutting 11 jobs and not filling 110 others to satisfy a legislative mandate to cut 7 percent of its budget for the 2010 fiscal year.

Of the 11 people being laid off, one already has found a different job on campus and another is moving from full time to half time, the university said.

Seven of the layoffs are in the Department of Student Success, which oversees such programs as the Department of Student Housing and the KU Memorial Unions, said university spokeswoman Lynn Bretz. Nine of the cuts won't happen until June 30, the end of the school's fiscal year, and one will be in January 2010.

"It is painful for employers to have to sit down and tell employees they're losing their jobs," Bretz said.

Of the open positions that aren't being filled, 55 are faculty positions and 55 are nonfaculty, she said.

While the cuts should be enough to meet the required 7 percent reduction -- about $10.8 million -- Bretz said more job losses are possible if there are more funding cuts.

Other moves to meet budget requirements include trimming travel and technology costs, cutting or delaying equipment purchases, and sending out the campus faculty newsletter online only, Bretz said.

After the Kansas Board of Regents asked the universities in August to prepare 7 percent budget cuts, KU chancellor Robert Hemenway wrote a memo arguing that the university would be negatively affected by faculty cuts.

Bretz said the cuts are being made across the university, with individual deans being asked to make cuts as they see fit in their departments.

In August, the university predicted it would have to eliminate 100 jobs to meet the requested 7 percent reduction. The layoffs announced Wednesday are the first at KU in response to the funding crunch.

Last year 10 people were laid off from the university's Information Services department, but Bretz said that was part of a separate efficiency measure and not related to the state's current budget issues.