HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The president of The University of Southern Mississippi will make an official statement at 2 p.m. regarding budget cuts and layoffs.
USM President Martha Saunders told faculty and staff about the planned cuts in a letter sent out to the campus Monday.
"It is especially painful that this announcement comes at a time of record enrollment and unparalleled successes within the university," wrote Saunders.
Saunders said the anticipated budget losses for 2012 amounts to around $15 million.
The University Priorities Committee recommended reductions in many departments and degree programs.
"Regrettably, these reductions will result in job losses for faculty and staff. Students enrolled in programs targeted for elimination will be allowed a reasonable time to complete their degree programs. Also, an appeal process is being developed for programs requesting reconsideration," wrote Saunders.
She added, "Selected degree programs and academic initiatives will be eliminated in all five of the academic colleges. Twenty-nine faculty members have been notified that the current academic year will be the terminal year on their contracts. These include 3 Tenured Professors, 11 Tenured Associate Professors, 11 Untenured Assistant Professors, and 4 Instructors. Ten of these individuals serve in the College of Arts & Letters, three in the College of Business, eight in the College of Education & Psychology, four in the College of Health, three in the College of Science & Technology, and one in the University Libraries. Six of the affected faculty members teach on USM's Gulf Coast campus."
The following is a full list of cuts outlined in Saunder's message: