Universities Say Jobs Could Be Cut

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ The chancellor of the University of Kansas tells the Board of Regents that up to 125 jobs could be cut at the Lawrence campus if state funding reductions are made.

At an annual retreat in Wichita, Robert Hemenway said Wednesday that if 5 percent is cut from next year's budget, reducing positions in Lawrence and more at other locations will likely be needed.

Kansas State University would also need to cut about 180 positions if state funding is axed.

The Board of Regents has asked the state's universities, community colleges and vocational technical schools to cut spending by 7 percent over the next two years. The regents are seeking 2 percent cuts this year and 5 percent in 2009-2010.

Emporia State, Wichita State, Fort Hays State and Pittsburg State leaders all agreed that if the cuts became reality, there was no way to protect students.

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