"Hundreds" Of People To Be Let Go From UNC System

The University of North Carolina System president says hundreds of employees will be let go at its 16 universities.

Erskine Bowles told WTVD in Durham that the state's universities will lose some 400 to 500 employees.

"We're gonna lose hundreds of people. It's gonna have a real effect on the University," Bowles told WTVD.

He told the Durham TV station that class sizes will grow, faculty-student ratios will worsen, and security personnel will be trimmed.

Earlier this week, ECU trustees met and ordered cuts of 7% and up to 150 jobs be trimmed.

The UNC Board of Governors are meeting this afternoon in Chapel Hill to go over cuts at the state's universities.


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  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Mar 20, 2009 at 04:05 PM
    For the simple-minded, dense, and dumb, an economic recession does not occur over night. Similarly, recovery from an economic recession doesn't occur overnight. Think before you type!!! It makes you look really ignorant when you don't.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 20, 2009 at 11:51 AM
    Dwayne, this is that change they were talking about. You have record enrollments yet you have to lay off people. I have been hiring when that happend and they are firing. I say if they have Obama bumper stickers on their cars, let em go. They wanted it and now they will get it.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Mar 20, 2009 at 08:49 AM
    This is change you can believe in. Not exactly what the liberals thought they were voting in huh?
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Mar 20, 2009 at 06:13 AM
    perplexed: Yes I understand ECU is under the UNC system. Governor Dan K. Moore was against ECU being part of the system, but we were accepted anyway in 1972. I was only replying to Anonymous who singled out ECU. UNC Chapel Hill is the biggest of the UNC system and will probably have to account for a big chunk of the lay offs if they occur. Hopefully they can minimze or find other ways to cut money so that they will not have to lose any jobs. I was responding to someone who had posted a negative comment on the ECU story that had posted earlier. In doing that I made a comment that was taken the wrong way and appologize if it upset anyone. Losing jobs is not fun and I hope they can work to straighten it out. Maybe they can take some of the taxes from the AIG execs to help us out. Ninety percent of 165 million could go a long way. The Wise One: point taken. It should be a good tournament.
  • by Alex on Mar 20, 2009 at 05:10 AM
    I don't see the big deal. its time the sacred cow ie the UNC system was brought down to reality. Maybe if they cut some of these jobs they can drop tuition to a managable level.
  • by Justice Location: Greenville on Mar 19, 2009 at 11:27 PM
    Solution, make the cuts, we all have to live within a budget, the management at these universities might have to put on janitor clothes and accually work. Take off the suits and dresses and accually WORK!
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Mar 19, 2009 at 07:29 PM
    By the way "pee dee", lighten up. We all jump to conclusions at times. For future reference, just remember that the UNC system consists of 16 universities which all are governed by one body, the UNC Board of Governors. Have a good night and enjoy the NCAA tournament!
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Mar 19, 2009 at 07:24 PM
    Well "pee dee", I do not wish to argue with you, but per Chancellor Holden Thorp, UNC System President, Erskine Bowles, has pledged to continue advocating for holding next fiscal year's state budget cuts to the campuses [in the UNC system] at 5 percent because of our vital role in preparing the North Carolina workforce. Thorp says, "We're still in a stronger position than most universities, but the cuts [5%] that we are facing will be painful."
  • by Perplexed Location: Greenville on Mar 19, 2009 at 04:09 PM
    Some people clearly do not understand that ECU falls under the UNC system. They are part of that! So the "cuts" affect ECU as indicated in both of the recent articles. ECU is the 3rd largest among State - 1st and UNC Chapel Hill is second. Therefore, ECU will get a bunch of cuts. I guess some people just don't get it. Don't comment if you don't understand!! It's simply not a good situation!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2009 at 04:04 PM
    I am watching it unfold from the inside as people are being "let go", not retiring. As for singling out ECU, I am not sure about the current enrollment at all UNC schools, but I know ECU accept 5,500 freshman last year. This is the most in the history of the school. Neglecting the lack of housing, one would hope that ECU would at least increase faculty to accommodate the increased enrollment. Additionally, 7% is a significant budget cut regardless of what the other schools are doing. Lastly, ECU has the greatest impact on Greenville (the city this new station is based in).
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