MORAVIAN COLLEGE ANNOUNCES STAFF REDUCTIONS
Move comes as part of an anticipated $2 million budget reduction for FY 2009-10
Moravian College announced that it will eliminate six current staff positions as part of its plan to reduce the fiscal year 2009-10 budget. In addition, four staff positions will be restructured from 12-month to 10-month contracts, and four positions (three staff, one faculty) currently open at the College will not be filled.
In a letter to the campus community February 11, President Christopher M. Thomforde announced that the Finance Committee of Moravian College's Board of Trustees has approved the budget plan presented by the College administration. "On Monday, February 9, 2009, the Finance Committee approved these recommendations after careful consideration and discussion," Thomforde noted. "Today we have acted upon those recommendations that have to do with personnel actions. While personnel actions, such as these, are always difficult, they were made as part of our efforts to reduce our operating budget by $2 million in fiscal year 2009-10, and reducing positions was necessary as a part of this process."
Last fall, Thomforde asked the Moravian community to participate in a review process to contribute ideas for budget efficiencies. Hundreds of suggestions were generated through departmental meetings and discussions. Senior administrators then developed a series of recommendations, which were sent to the College's Trustee Finance Committee for review.
"While personnel actions, such as these, are always difficult, they were made as part of our efforts to reduce our operating budget by $2 million in fiscal year 2009-10," said President Thomforde.
On January 21, Thomforde spoke to the campus community in an open forum about the impact of the financial climate. He outlined the process initiated by the Board of Trustees to review expenses and consider options for reducing costs, while maintaining a strong academic environment focused on Moravian's students and its mission—preparing men and women to lead and serve for the common good.
Current worldwide economic conditions, compounded by sharply rising health care and utility costs, have created extraordinary challenges for institutions of higher learning. The College is budgeting for flat revenue and reducing program costs for the coming year to provide academic and co-curricular resources and programs in support of student learning, retention, and personal development. In addition to the job reductions, the College will institute a salary freeze for all employees, while maintaining college contributions to pension funds and health care benefits. Reductions in expenses such as travel, printing, and other program expenses are planned. The College hopes to realize additional savings through increased energy conservation and collaboration with other LVAIC member institutions to reduce administrative costs.