Campus Services announced 12 position cuts last week in an effort to reduce costs as a response to the poor economic climate.
Of the dozen positions eliminated, one was vacant.
This is the second round of cuts made this year by Campus Services, which outlined more than 250 cost-cutting initiatives and eliminated 47 positions last April.
These cost-reduction measures were taken alongside University initiatives earlier this year that made a 6 percent budget reduction.
Emory has canceled about 250 vacant positions and cut 211 filled staff positions, 134 of those eliminated in the fiscal year of 2009 and 77 at the beginning of FY10.
Campus Services has made a $35 million budget cut for FY10 and FY11.
“We regret the loss of talented individuals who have made valuable contributions to our division and Emory University,” Vice President for Campus Services Bob Hascall, who declined further comment, said in an interview with the Emory Report. “But unfortunately, these cuts were necessary in order for us to meet our latest budget projections and adjust to new activity levels.”
In addition to the division of Campus Services, Communications and Marketing, University Libraries and other departments have made staff cuts this fall.
Vice President for Communications and Marketing Ron Sauder wrote in an e-mail to the Wheel
that the workforce reductions were necessary in light of the poor economy.
“Like every administrative division at Emory, Communications and Marketing underwent an administrative review process this past summer and fall to determine its ability to live within a reduced level of funding while retaining the vital business functions that other divisions depend upon,” Sauder wrote. “Communications and Marketing subsequently reduced its staff by five full-time positions, or about 10 percent, as our contribution to helping meet the new economic realities at Emory.”
Emory Libraries faced staff cuts earlier this year when the budget was reduced by four percent, from $26.17 million to $25.13 million. The Libraries, which usually staffs 149 employees, eliminated 27 full- and part-time positions.
“These reductions are based on elimination of work where job requirements have diminished or been consolidated, technology is being implemented, or cost effective alternatives have been identified,” Vice Provost and Director of the Emory Libraries Rick Luce wrote in a previous Wheel interview.
Vice President for Human Resources Peter Barnes, who declined an interview with the Wheel
, said in the Emory Report
that the position cuts, which are a result of the economic downturn of fall 2008, were made by each respective administrative division.
“Elimination of these positions was extremely difficult for all of us, and particularly for those whose jobs were eliminated,” Barnes said. “We did not initiate across the board reductions, but rather asked each administrative division to make their own decisions under a set of guiding principles. The cuts reflect today’s economic realities, and were based on the strategic priorities in respective divisions and anticipated new levels of activity.”
— Contact Alice Chen