While the state’s flagship university is cutting jobs and not filling vacant positions to help make up a budget shortfall, the closest regional university is going another direction.
Eastern Kentucky University implemented a hiring freeze, except for essential positions, last December in anticipation of another slash to its budget by the state legislature. EKU saw the state cut $4.6 million in the new fiscal year, which is more than half of the Richmond college’s $8.3 million shortfall.
“The layoffs are a more draconian approach than Eastern Kentucky University took," James Street, EKU Vice President for Administrative Affairs said.
The University of Kentucky earlier this week announced the layoff of 140 staff and the elimination of 164 vacant positions, 44 of which were faculty.