SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A Savannah college has announced more than two dozen staff members have been laid off due to budget cuts.
Savannah State President Cheryl Dozier penned a letter to the campus community stating that the staffing changes come as the university prepares for a reduction in state funding.
Dozier said 30 staff members were notified Wednesday that their employment will end on July 15.
“We deeply value and appreciate their dedicated service to Savannah State, and their talents will surely be missed,” she stated. “We will be working closely with these employees to provide an array of assistance in the coming months.”
The reduction in state funding is based on a decline in enrollment which the university says has happened consecutively for the past two years.
A committee was formed to come up with a plan for reducing resources. The university also implemented the Comprehensive Administrative Review, an initiative for institutions in the University System of Georgia, to address funding concerns.
In Dozier’s letter, she stated a 4 percent budget cut has been applied “across all units of the university” to address the budget shortfall of approximately $3.5 million.
“This process has been challenging and this information is not easy to share,” the president stated. “I am grateful for the contributions of each employee, especially in their efforts toward improving student success.”