UK Cutting Hundreds Of Jobs

More than 300 jobs are being cut at the University of Kentucky, including 140 with employees in full- or part-time posts and 164 that are already vacant.

University spokesman Jay Blanton says the departments most impacted are Information Technology and Human Resources. IT laid off 11 of 240 employees, while Human Resources laid off five of 110 workers. No full-time tenured faculty will be affected. UK will be cutting 1% of its workforce.

Affected employees will receive 90 days’ notice in lieu of severance packages. University President Eli Capilouto announced last month that UK would reduce spending to make up a $45 million budget deficit over the next two years.

In a campus-wide email Tuesday, he said UK has lost $50 million in state funding since 2007. The university employs about 2,500 faculty members and 9,000 staff. UK Healthcare employs an additional 3,000. They are working on a career transition plan for affected employees.

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