SUNO To Trim Budget By $2.6 Million With Layoffs, Cutbacks And Unfilled Staff Slots

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

To cut about $2.6 million from Southern University at New Orleans' budget, Chancellor Victor Ukpolo announced plans to lay off employees, cut back on maintenance and energy use, and let vacancies go unfilled. Jobs of tenured and tenure-track faculty members arel not at risk "at this point," he said.

SUNO should save $838,337 by not filling 17 faculty and staff vacancies, Ukpolo said, and it is expected to save $716,146 with the retirement of three employees and the layoffs of seven more.

The firings of administrative personnel happened last month, he said.

To save about $500,000 more, Ukpolo said he is determined to cut back on energy use and maintenance costs.

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