Chancellor of Pa. State System says university cuts are regrettable but necessary

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Frank Brogan, the new chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, during his first public media briefing today expressed his regrets over the necessary "retrenchment" that is going on at universities within the system.

The chancellor, who was appointed in August, was referring to cuts in programs and staff announced by Mansfield, Clarion and Edinboro universities in recent weeks and letters from several other universities warning faculty of possible layoffs effective at the end of the school year.

Mr. Brogan acknowledged the cuts create "a very difficult and emotional issue for students, faculty and whole campus communities," including Clarion University, where he was attending a conference with the presidents of the 14 state-owned universities.

Clarion plans to let go up to 40 employees, including 22 faculty, and dissolve its college of education in response to rising costs, enrollment declines and reduced state aid, factors that affect all of the state-owned universities.

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