Bailey updates campus community on layoffs, hiring freeze
Aug. 7, 2003
KALAMAZOO -- Dr. Judith I. Bailey, president of Western Michigan University, issued a message to the campus community today regarding recently announced job reductions, layoffs and the hiring freeze at the university. The following is the complete text of the president's message.
To the Campus Community:
The past three weeks have been a difficult time in the life
of our University. The loss of state appropriations forced us
to take significant steps to reduce our base budget, the most
At this point, layoff notifications are nearly finished. There
still remains the possibility of a small number of employee layoffs
resulting from our bumping process. We continue to offer all
In the end, through careful evaluation of vacant positions,
we were able to secure positions for all but 32 of our current
employees. When we met in Town Hall sessions July 17 and 18,
I told you the
I am pleased, however, that through careful planning, we have
been able to preserve jobs for many of our colleagues. Because
of last winter's hiring freeze, which progressed into this spring's
As the academic year begins, there are still a small number of vacancies we need to fill. For that reason, I am temporarily lifting the hiring freeze so the University can fill those vacancies and continue to operate at the level of support our students deserve and need as they pursue their University education.
I continue to be deeply appreciative of your patience and support and I look forward to working with you as we begin the academic year together.
Thank you for your efforts on behalf of our wonderful University community.
Judith I. Bailey
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