University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto acknowledged reductions in the university workforce in a email distributed campus-wide at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Capilouto said the layoffs are to offset reductions in the state budget in addition to increases in fixed costs incurred by the university.
The UK Board of Trustees approved a 6 percent tuition hike during its May meeting to also deal with the budget issues.
“It is a painful exercise to implement significant reductions in our workforce. Our colleagues losing their jobs are both new employees and senior professionals and their contributions to the university have been valued,” Capilouto said in the email release.
The university is making 5 percent cuts in administrative and 3.3 percent cuts in academic units in hopes of reducing the impact on teaching and patient care.
The university is starting to give 90-day notices to those that will be impacted in the reduction.
Here is the full transcript of President Capilouto’s Tuesday email:
This week, we began implementing some of the tough decisions necessary in this challenging budget environment while minimizing the impact on our most important priorities as a university: teaching students and providing direct patient care.
As part of UK’s budget for 2012-2013, we’re providing 90 days of notice to those employees who are part of a reduction in workforce in various areas across the campus. I am urging deans, unit heads and managers who are administering this process to treat those impacted with dignity and compassion during a very difficult time for everyone involved and for our institution. Efforts also are underway to exercise options available to maximize access to benefits on behalf of those impacted.
These reductions in our workforce are in the wake of a $20 million reduction in state support for the 2012-2013 year and another $24 million in additional increases in fixed costs for items such as utilities, student financial aid, benefits and limited strategic investments.
In response, and in consultation with our Board of Trustees, we’ve sought to minimize the impact on teaching and those involved with direct patient care by directing deeper cuts for this year toward administrative units of 5.0 percent compared to 3.3 percent for academic and teaching units.
It is a painful exercise to implement significant reductions in our workforce. Our colleagues losing their jobs are both new employees and senior professionals and their contributions to the university have been valued.
But there simply is no way to patch over the holes in our budget with temporary measures or one-time sources of funds any longer.
We’ve dealt with $50 million in recurring reductions from the state since 2007. We also now face flat or declining federal support for research, low yields from short-term investment income, and continued increases in basic operating costs. We are no different in that regard from businesses and local and state governments across the country that have faced even deeper cuts over a more prolonged period of time.
Please know that we will work to keep you informed at each step of this process as we move forward in the midst of challenging times with a shared sense of commitment to a more promising future. Thank you for your hard work as we seek that future.
University of Kentucky