Published on May 19th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
SC State announces additional layoffs
University tightens budget belt to implement deficit recovery plan
SC State University has announced plans to lay off additional part-time and temporary employees. The move comes as the university continues to implement a stringent deficit recovery plan aimed at cutting spending and balancing the university’s budget.
About ninety P-13 employees received termination letters from the university’s human resources director citing “significant budgetary challenges” as the reason why the university is taking this immediate action to reduce expenditures. The letter informs employees that their employment with the university ended at the close of business on Thursday, May 15, 2014.
The terminated employees served in support positions across various university departments. Many of them are administrative assistants, office coordinators, athletics staff and security specialists. The university plans to reassign full-time staffers to cover the vital duties previously performed by the terminated staff.
“Because of our financial situation, we’ve always known we would have to make some tough decisions,” said SC State University President Thomas J. Elzey. “These terminations were difficult, but necessary in order to help the university to get back on track and recover,” Elzey said.
This is the second round of layoffs made by the university since announcing the implementation of a deficit recovery plan created to reduce a cash shortfall of more than $13 million. President Elzey and the university’s Board of Trustees requested funding from South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and members of the state Budget and Control Board to help pay off outstanding debt to vendors who provide essential services such as food and maintenance to the university.
As an emergency measure, the state granted a $6 million loan, which the university must repay within one year, and noted that any additional funds needed would have to come by way of a state appropriation approved by the General Assembly.
“The loan given to us was a temporary lifeline, but it was not enough to resolve our current situation,” said President Elzey. “Therefore, we continue to implement our recovery plan as we work with the governor and state lawmakers to reach a solution for the university’s long-term viability,” he said.
Founded in 1896 as a land grant institution with a mission of providing service to the citizens of the state, South Carolina State University has evolved from a small teachers’ college into a major University center of learning and research. Located in Orangeburg, S.C., with a student population of some 4,500, South Carolina State offers more than 50 different fields of study on the undergraduate and graduate levels. South Carolina State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools.