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MSU Announces it will Lay Off Half its Workforce

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A release from Mountain State University on Monday, July 23 announced that approximately 50-percent of the schools workforce will be laid off as of Sept. 21.

Those employees who are affected by the lay offs were notified today. A revised budget that included personnel reductions was presented to the Board of Trustees for approval. The Board determined to maintain specific positions essential to serving students and moving the university through the appeal process with the Higher Learning Commission. Reductions were made at all administrative, faculty, and staff levels.

"This is a difficult decision. The reductions are not about performance issues. MSU employees are hardworking and dedicated. Their contributions to the university, its students, and their communities are greatly appreciated," stated Jerry Ice, chairman of the MSU Board of Trustees.

Interim President Richard Sours said that MSU has established a career service center for employees which they will continue to have access to after their last employment date.

"This is very difficult news to hear and say, and it is done with a heavy heart,"said Sours. "The university is committed to assisting employees in securing other jobs and identifying resources to help them and their families manage the emotional, financial, and job search challenges."

The Career Service Center for employees is located in the John B Van Dyke Jr. Hall on the Beckley campus. A number of workshops and services are available at select times including resume writing, emotional counseling, and job search skills. Additionally, a Rapid Response Team from Workforce West Virginia will be on-campus Friday, July 27 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Resources will also be posted on the Internet. Select workshops will be streamed online for ease of access for branch locations and off-site employees. Additional information is available on the MSU web site.

The decision to reduce the workforce comes as the school faces a loss of accreditation and an appeal process that could take 10 to 16 weeks.  The Higher Learning Commission acted to withdrawal accreditation for MSU on June 28.  The announcement of the decision was made on July 9 and the accrual loss of accreditation was set to take place on Aug. 27.

For a look at the Public Disclosure Notice issued by the HLC, effective June 28, follow the link below.