March 31, 2017 5:40 a.m.
An anticipated shortfall in state funding led the Board of Trustees from Umpqua Community College to approve a reduction in force during a special board meeting on Thursday.
UCC President Dr. Debra Thatcher said “my heart absolutely aches about this”. She said it is painful to “make these kinds of decisions about our dedicated employees who work so selflessly every day on behalf of our students”.
The move is one of several strategies to reduce the college budget in light of less money coming from Salem. That anticipated shortfall is expected to be $1.4 million.
Dr. Thatcher said the administration and the board went through an exhaustive process before the decision was made. The affected areas include:
*Seven administrative positions; four jobs will be combined into two, the others are non-renewal or retirement related positions.
*Three faculty positions will go unfilled.
*Ten classified positions are impacted. Two will be retained with less hours or part-time positions.
A press release from the college says that no additional information about those affected by the reduction will be announced.