Northwestern University officials today announced reductions in administrative staffing as a way to help close a projected budget deficit.
University spokesman Al Cubbage said about 80 people, or one percent of the total staff, are being dismissed. No faculty members were hit by the layoffs. Some staff positions that are vacant also are not being filled.
In a memo distributed to employees, NU President Morton Schapiro said the school also plans to defer several major facilities projects, reduce non-salary expenses in all administrative units by 10 percent and in academic units by 5 percent and cut spending on information technology projects.
The memo says officials have “established significantly stronger controls on spending” since January of this year, but still expect to have total spending for the fiscal year that ends next month outpace revenue.
It adds that the school has sufficient fund reserves to cover the shortfall from surpluses accumulated in prior years, but that “we cannot continue to rely on our reserves, and we must bring our expenses back in line with our revenues.”