A plan to cut Eastern Kentucky University’s budget by ten percent carries with it some expected employee layoffs. The explanation about the budget alteration came in an email from Eastern President Doug Whitlock to faculty and staff. Whitlock says about 75 percent of the Richmond school’s budget covers employee salaries and benefits. In meeting the directive of the board to make a ten percent cut, the Eastern President says forced layoffs are possible.
“Can’t rule that out, but as I said in my memo, we want to do this as fairly and humanely as we can and no decisions have been made at this point, but those conversations about strategies and what we need to do will start next week,” said Whitlock.
Whitlock expects some early retirements and there will be some workers who resign to take positions at other places. He says it’s not known yet how many workers may be given notices. Whitlock, who retires this summer, says the reductions will allow for reallocation of money in the future for salary and program improvements. Although painful, the 69 year old veteran Eastern administrator believes this exercise is better done now, than when a new Eastern President comes on board.