(Host) Lyndon State College says it will eliminate four positions in order to balance the budget for the coming fiscal year. The college currently has 185 full-time faculty and staff.
The announcement comes after weeks of controversy over the anticipated staff cuts, which were opposed by faculty and prompted a student protest.
Two weeks ago, college president Carol Moore announced her resignation, citing personal reasons.
Bob Whittaker is Dean of Institutional Advancement at Lyndon State. Whittaker says the layoffs represent the largest part of a pared- down budget necessary to avoid a $350,000 deficit in the next fiscal year.
In addition, Whittaker says several faculty and staff took advantage of an early retirement package. Those positions will not be filled.
Faculty members had asked the college to consider cutting administrative positions. Whittaker says that idea was reviewed.
(Whittaker) "The final assessment was that there was actually an appropriate proportion at the colleges, consistent with the other colleges in the system, so we felt the current structure is the right structure and the current decisions we’re making are the right decisions."
(Host) Whittaker says the college will also freeze or reduce departmental budgets and refinance debt.
Meanwhile, an interim replacement for the college’s retiring president will be named in June.
The search for a permanent replacement will continue through the summer.