Morehead State University announced budget recommendations, including the elimination of 64 positions, in an email to faculty and staff Thursday.
The cuts are in response to a budget deficit of more than $9.7 million, university President Wayne D. Andrews said in the email. The deficit was brought on, in part, by declining enrollment and the 4.5 percent state funding cut in Gov. Matt Bevin’s budget.
Of the 64 positions proposed to be eliminated, 24 are filled staff positions, 20 are vacant staff positions, 10 are vacant instructor positions, six are filled instructor positions, and four are vacant tenure or tenure-track faculty positions, according to the email.
“These position eliminations were not an easy decision to make and I recognize the grave difficulty this will impose on 30 of our current employees and their families,” Andrews said in the email. “We will follow our personnel policies related to position elimination and reduction in force as we implement these cuts and provide appropriate support to those individuals impacted.”
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The recommendations and position eliminations are set to be presented to the Morehead State University Board of Regents on May 13 and will be eligible for approval in June, Andrews said in the email.