Morehead State University budget cuts lead to job cuts

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MOREHEAD, Ky. (WTVQ)-  Morehead State University President Jay Morgan reported to the institution’s Board of Regents last month that he had to cut nearly $10 million in personnel costs to balance the budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Morehead State University says that job eliminations, reorganizations, layoffs and resignations have reduced MSU’s authorized number of faculty and staff positions from 1,010 on July 1, 2017, when Morgan became president, to 854 on June 30 of this year, a decrease of 156 jobs or almost 15 percent.

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Supplemental data from MSU claims that only 69 roster positions were dropped from last year to this year, a loss of almost 7 percent.

According to MSU personnel records, 20 employees were reassigned to other positions and 9 others agreed to work fewer hours for less pay.

Also, 5 people resigned, 16 lost their jobs in what MSU defines as “a reduction in force” and 52 elected to retire.

At this time, it is unknown how many of the retirees will be replaced. Several opted for early retirement over the next two years and remain on the payroll but not in roster positions.

Eliminated from the university’s official personnel roster were 131 full-time faculty and staff positions which were vacant at the end of the fiscal year on June 30. About 50 of those positions were vacant a year earlier when Dr. Morgan took office.

Duties of some of the 131 dropped positions have been assigned to other employees but no exact number is available.

That group included 28 faculty positions and 31 jobs in physical plant, now called “facilities management.”

Some of the work responsibilities in facilities management have been outsourced to private contractors to cover the workload of vacant positions.

MSU finds itself among a handful of public institutions receiving no additional appropriations in the new fiscal year from the state’s new performance funding program.

Media Release from The Morehead News