Posted: Sep 8, 2010 10:19 AM by Russell Jones
Many LSU faculty who were told their jobs would be cut after January are now getting extensions into next fall.
The university announced today that deans and department heads were told to start issuing extensions to many of those faculty members. LSU Chancellor Michael Martin said in a press release that it would help them prepare for the spring 2011 semester, while still keeping an eye on their tightening budget.
“It is truly unfortunate that we even have to discuss the termination of any employees,” said Martin, “but the current financial crisis necessitates that we create as much flexibility as possible within our budget so that we can manage whatever future budget reductions may come our way.”
At the beginning of 2010, 236 non-tenure track and non-tenured faculty were told they wouldn’t be reappointed at the school in January. The notifications were made in anticipation of continued reductions to LSU’s operating budget.
“Considering we have lost $42 million in state funding at LSU during the last 21 months and with the anticipated additional cuts and unfunded mandates to come, we have to pursue any options available to us to preserve the mission of the university,” Martin said.
Administrators were also told to notify the Office of Human Resource Management of any cuts they intend to keep scheduled for January.