UA president: Job cuts likely permanent

December 4, 2008

By hammersmith

[Source: The Associated Press] – Until now, University of Arizona officials have tried to downplay the possibility of long-term layoffs.

But this week, University President Robert N. Shelton and Provost Meredith Hay sent out a strongly worded e-mail warning of permanent cuts to the school’s budget that will lead to job losses on campus.

Shelton wrote that to address the long-term budget challenge at the university, there will need to be permanent reductions through the elimination and merger of programs.

That process will necessitate job losses on campus.

Shelton says “there is no way to meet our long-term, permanent budget needs without them.”