College Says Goodbye to Its Staff

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Monday, July 25, 2011

The delay of a planned merger this fall between Atlantic Union College and Maryland-based Washington Adventist University will result in all of AUC’s faculty and staff being laid off on July 31.

College President Norman L. Wendth said yesterday that because the state Department of Higher Education has not approved Atlantic Union Campus operating as a satellite of Washington Adventist University, a sister Seventh-day Adventist school, it is unclear when — or if — the plan will take effect.

Mr. Wendth said initially that much of the AUC staff was to be offered jobs with Washington Adventist at the satellite campus. About 12 layoffs were predicted.

But with the plan on hold for at least one semester, and probably for the entire school year, all of the AUC faculty and staff will get pink slips July 31, the day the college’s accreditation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges expires and AUC legally stops operating.

The state office may take nine months or more to examine the proposal and render a decision, Mr. Wendth said, noting that state cuts have slowed the procedure down.

Mr. Wendth said he does not know the exact number of employees to be let go.

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