Florida Atlantic U May Close Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie Campuses

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Florida Atlantic University could close down its downtown Fort Lauderdale and Treasure Coast campuses as a way to deal with $24.7 million in state funding cuts.

Dennis Crudele, vice president for finance, presented the options to the Board of Trustees Thursday. A hearing for faculty will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Lynn College of Nursing. The Board of Trustees expects to make a final decision in June.

The Fort Lauderdale programs would move to FAU’s Davie or main Boca Raton campuses by July 2013, while Treasure Coast operations would move from the Port St. Lucie option to the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce by July of this year. Tenure and tenure-track faculty would be moved to other campuses, but layoffs are possible for other employees, Crudele said.

The Fort Lauderdale closure would save about $1.9 million, while the Treasure Coast $1.7 million. This would bring the total number of FAU campuses down from seven to five.

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