WVUP Axes Faculty

WVUP will cut jobs to reduce costs. Late yesterday afternoon, President Fletcher Lamkin sent an email to the campus community stating that several faculty and staff were notified that their positions will be eliminated as of May 31.

Lamkin said the cuts come in response to reductions in state appropriations. He said the college has worked hard to stabilize enrollment and cut expenses, but these actions were not sufficient to fill the looming budget gap.

Lamkin did not explain how much of a budget deficit the college is looking to recover or how many positions would be cut in response.

“I am saddened that we need to make these decisions,” Lamkin said. “I want to thank those who are impacted for their service to this institution in support of our community.”

WVUP’s leadership came under criticism last year for selling downtown property which was granted to the school for use as a culinary school. In December, the WVUP Foundation took on the responsibility of caring for the Stephenson mansion on Seventh Street – a historic property deeded to the foundation which will require extensive renovations and maintenance.

Last week, the university unveiled its latest construction project – a one-stop student services center consolidating admissions, registration and financial aid. .

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RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of UC Berkeley, Lyons' first book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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