Wright State University announced they would be moving forward with “involuntary position eliminations” in an email to all employees Monday morning.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce, beginning today, we will commence notification of involuntary position eliminations,” said President Edwards in the email. “This will impact approximately 50 occupied positions on our campuses. Some will not have contracts renewed, some are retiring, while others will be provided notice and/or other applicable options.”
University supervisors and human resources will begin meetings with all impacted employees Monday and will finish on Thursday, June 18.
Due to coronavirus and maintaining safety and health precautions, these meetings will take place via Webex.
The university will provide support for the affected employees that includes career coaching, resume writing, interview preparation, and career learning courses, according to the email.
This decision comes after the coronavirus pandemic significantly reduced WSU’s largest revenue sources: state support and enrollment, on top of the university’s previously struggling financial condition.
35 staff have chosen to partake in the Faculty Retirement Incentive Program and will begin to separate from the University. Over 430 employees are also voluntarily reducing their appointments.
“I recognize these are difficult and uncertain times for all of the Wright State Family,” said president Edwards in the email. “We will continue to make every effort to move through these processes as diligently and compassionately as possible, ensuring that focus remains on the respectful treatment of our employees.”