U of L Enacts Hiring Freeze, Anticipates Budget Cuts

by Devin Katayama on January 11, 2012

The University of Louisville has implemented a hiring freeze in anticipation of statewide cuts to education.

University Provost Shirley Willihnganz sent a letter to faculty this week saying U of L is planning for a five to seven percent cut in Gov. Steve Beshear’s upcoming budget.

“While our achievements have continues to be impressive, this is much more die to your hard work and , frankly, to smart and creative management by the chairs, directors, deans, vice presidents and the president than to any sustained support from the state,” she wrote.

U of L spokesman Mark Hebert said only key positions will be exempt from the freeze.

“There will be some that folks will consider to be positions that they just can’t live without. For instance bookkeepers, chief financial officers, those types of positions, you can’t go months and months and months without having somebody checking the bills and overseeing your finances,” he said.

The state has had to hold back university funds for the past 11 years and this trend is likely to continue.

Beshear will deliver his budget to the General Assembly next Tuesday.

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