ELIZABETH CITY -- To address a $5 million budget shortfall for 2013-2014 caused by state funding cuts and declining enrolling, Elizabeth City State University announced Monday they will layoff 46 employees.
All affected individuals were notified earlier today that their employment at ECSU will end in the next several weeks, according to University officials.
Because personnel costs account for about 80% of ECSU’s operating expenditures, the institution’s budget could not be balanced without significant staffing reduction, according to a news release.
In sharing news of the layoffs with the campus community, Chancellor Becton said, “In making painful, but necessary, reduction-in-force decisions, our first priority has been to protect classroom instruction for students. We evaluated every school, division, and department to identify potential cost savings. In an effort to minimize the impact on employees, we first eliminated 41 vacant positions and discontinued 34 temporary employment contracts. Although we made no staffing cuts in public safety, given the need to maintain a safe campus environment, most other areas of the university were affected.”