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July 1, 2003

Nashville's historically black Fisk University laid off 13 employees, effective June 30, to help make up a $2.3 million budget shortfall.

President Carolynn Reid-Wallace said the employees are administrators and support staff members ranging from mid-level managers to secretaries. Reid-Wallace said administrators had tried to avoid layoffs but they were unavoidable given the 6.6 percent cuts the university faced.

Some adjunct professors also lost their positions.

Reid-Wallace said two additional positions could be cut in July.
July 1, 2003

Nashville's historically black Fisk University laid off 13 employees, effective June 30, to help make up a $2.3 million budget shortfall.

President Carolynn Reid-Wallace said the employees are administrators and support staff members ranging from mid-level managers to secretaries. Reid-Wallace said administrators had tried to avoid layoffs but they were unavoidable given the 6.6 percent cuts the university faced.

Some adjunct professors also lost their positions.

Reid-Wallace said two additional positions could be cut in July.

Kentucky's public higher education system faces triple threats this year: the state's $394-million budget deficit, contention between college officials and state legislators and loss of a former champion of higher education, lame-duck Governor Paul Patton, who has, in the words of a writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education, "been rendered politically impotent after a sex scandal."

It was Patton who in 1996 created a committee to evaluate Kentucky's higher-education system and pushed for a statewide plan to improve key areas. Patton was pummeled by bad press when a nursing-home operator with whom he admitted having an affair filed a lawsuit against him.

Patton will be replaced in 2004 by a new governor, while the Council on Higher Education will welcome a new president, Thomas D. Layzell, commissioner of higher education in Mississippi.

For the full story, see The Chronicle of Higher Education's March 14 edition, online at http://chronicle.com/weekly/v49/i27/27a02301.htm.