ECU Faculty Say They Want A Hiring Freeze

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

In efforts to save their jobs, faculty from East Carolina University have suggested a hiring freeze among other recommendations.

ECU Faculty and the American Association of University Professors have approved a recommendation to the university to avoid expected layoffs.

Their recommendation, a hiring freeze and the elimination of administrative stipends. Last month, the state announced a reduction in government spending toward education.

That would force the university to make budget cuts, including faculty. As it stands right now, ECU will lay off 147 teaching faculty and staff positions.

Janice Tovey who holds the Senate Chair of the faculty, says the elimination of administrative stipends would save nearly 4 million dollars a year. Tovey says the faculty understands cutbacks may have to be made, but she wants the university to make "strategic and precise" cuts.

ECU media relations director, John Durham, says "We have received a number of good suggestions from faculty members, and faculty members whom are serving on the Budget Task Force and other groups that are working to help us get through these challenging times successfully."

Tovey, says the faculty wants to open up a lane of communication between the Faculty Senate and the University Board of Governors to find a resolution.

The university says the number of jobs lost will be determined by the upcoming university budget, which faculty members say normally comes out during the summer.

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