ECU Chancellor: University Stands To Lose $17-Million, 100 Positions

Faculty and students at East Carolina University are worried about what cuts in Governor Beverly Perdue's proposed budget could mean for their school.

Perdue's budget for the upcoming fiscal year shaves millions of dollars away from the state's 17 public institutions.

ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard says if the budget is passed, ECU will lose about 17-million dollars - bringing the total amount lost over three years to around 90 million dollars.

Ballard says 100 jobs at the university would have to be cut, and says half of them would be faculty positions. "This will hurt our students and our faculty. We'll lose great faculty, our students will have a harder time getting the classes they want, the great classes. It will hurt the student experience here at ECU."

The state legislature will take up the issue of the governor's budget this month.


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  • by Carl Location: Greenville on May 7, 2010 at 08:07 AM
    I tell you what ECU will do. They will cut the falcuty barely making it. However will keep the positions making six figures. We all know how it works. The rich keep getting Richer and the middle man gets it right in the back. Lets see who ECU decides to layoff...the people who are making 6 figures or the workers that can barely make it!!!!.
  • by B Location: nc on May 6, 2010 at 05:53 AM
    I think we need to outlaw democrats, that would solve a lot of problems..97% of felons are democrats, get the picture.
  • by Miranda Location: Greenville on May 5, 2010 at 12:37 PM
    I love that as this article is posted on WITN, ECU posts an article about the considerations being made regarding updated the Chancellors house because as Trustee David Redwine said it is too small and outdated... Can anyone explain to me why the Chancellor needs a house provided by the school? Last time I checked he made plenty to buy one of his own. If the house is fitting for ECU sponsored events I suggest they find a lecture hall that is and suck it up like the rest of us who are penny pinching and trying to save a buck. No one wants to make the sacrifice themselves but want to force it on everyone else!
  • by Martin County Native Location: Greenville on May 5, 2010 at 08:58 AM
    Bev Perdue is a disgrace to this great state of NC. She is a worthless crook as a governor. Also another thing, one way that ECU (and several other work organizations) could have cut back is to cut off the electricity of the nonresident buildings at night. Also if the state were to treat individuals equal when it comes to scholarships and grants instead of coming up with all this minority garbage, ECU would not have those potential cuts. I am seriously worried about my brother and my sister in law (who hold jobs at ECU) as they just had a new little girl and already have a 2 year old boy. Because of Bev, my mother had to give up her teaching position, due to the money that got stolen out of the educational lottery fund that was SOLELY for education. Overall my family was doing very well off until this crooked bimbo came in. Bev is a liar and is the worst thing that has happened to NC ever. VOTE FOR CHANGE IN 2012! We need a Republican to boot out Perdue. I also voted for McCrory 2008.
  • by New digs please! on May 4, 2010 at 10:00 PM
    To Nuf Said: He doesn't like the neighborhood? But I thought his residence was quite nice...must be the college scene with which he isn't comfortable.
  • by Nuf Said Location: Pitt on May 4, 2010 at 07:18 PM
    Alum: Far more is known about the situation there than you assume. I hope that you are one of the hard working EPA employees that deserves every cent he or she earns. Keep an eye out for some of your buddies who seem to spend the better part of their day hiding from their supervisors. But you are right, the greatest waste is at top of the dung heap.
  • by AlumStaff Location: Greenville, NC on May 4, 2010 at 05:51 PM
    To "Nuf Said": I'm already underpaid and overworked, so I'm curious as to why I have to lose ANY of my already below-average salary (>$33,000/year). The University posts an EPA Employee List, providing the name, position, and salary information for each EPA employee (faculty, high-level administration, etc.). You would be SHOCKED to see what some people make at this University while others are either losing their job or taking on a 2nd job (which requires approval!) to make ends meet. You'd also be surprised to know that Chancellor Ballard is NOT the highest paid administrator, despite the fact that he makes $350,000 /year.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2010 at 02:44 PM
    Wow that is fantastic that the Pirate Club pays for everything with the Athletic Dept. Salaries, grounds up keep, security, building up keep, uniforms, equipment.... What an amazing group.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2010 at 11:58 AM
    pirate club doesnt fund it all, just check any students tuition statement! Athletic Fee!!!
  • by Hold up! Location: Greenville on May 4, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    Will the ECU Chancellor still be pushing for the money to upgrade his free house with ECU employees loosing their jobs. wow!!!
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