The Southern University Board of Supervisors has approved a reorganization plan that will lead to nearly 90 faculty and staff termination notices going out early next year. The Advocate reports that Southern Chancellor James Llorens said an additional $2.9 million in state budget cuts announced Friday will force many of the staff layoffs to come earlier in the spring semester than previously hoped.
The expedited layoffs of an estimated 52 staff members now will be "staggered" throughout the semester, Llorens said. About 35 faculty termination notices will go out Feb. 1, he said. The staff will keep their jobs until the end of the semester in May.
Southern declared a financial emergency in October because of state budget cuts and student enrollment losses.
The Southern reorganization plan also means consolidating many of the university academic colleges and departments. But Llorens insisted he is not proposing eliminating any individual academic degree programs yet.
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