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Southern Miss may be forced to cut jobs

HATTIESBURG, MS (USM) - With anticipated budget deficits, officials at The University of Southern Mississippi said Wednesday they will probably be forced to cut jobs.

Combining the next two fiscal years, the university will need to cut around $35 million, said University Associate Provost Bill Powell.

Over the next few weeks, various priority committees will be examining departmental reports and will then make recommendations to the administration about cuts, he added.

Some energy and cost saving measures are already being used across the campus as well as an increases in tuition.

Powell said he hopes there is a turn around, but at this point, job losses are probably inevitable.

"When you get to the magnitudes of cuts we're potentially facing, you run into that very fact," said Powell. "You're going to have an impact on people, and you're going to have an impact academic enterprise."

University Honors College Dean David R. Davies said there is concern on campus, evident by the attendance at a town-hall type meeting held Tuesday night.

"It's a very serious budget crisis," said Davies. "So, I think the measures we're taking now to plan for our priorities so that we can rearrange our budget if necessary; that's exactly the kind of thing that we need to be doing."

Any faculty member whose position may get eliminated will be notified by September 1.

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