Mansfied Univ. Facing Cuts
MANSFIELD---(WENY) Mansfield University is planning dozens of new job cuts. This comes after several other Pennsylvania state owned universities announced cuts. Mansfield University will layoff at least 54 people, of that, 29 are professors.
The university says the cuts are necessary to balance the budget. Mansfield University spokesman, Terry Davis says, "This year we're facing a six million dollar deficit and over two years we would face a 14-plus million dollar deficit if we did nothing. So, this is to address those problems."
Students as well as well as faculty are feeling the hit. Virginia Davis, a Freshman studying Music says, "It makes me feel really worried and scared about the university because the university Is known for its excellence in all of the departments. And, if they cut one of the departments it might close because of a lack of professors."
And Sophomore Psych Student student Courtney Wilson expressed her worry saying, "Just knowing that they [professors] would be gone, knowing that my program will be in danger...Its not a good feeling."
Day says, "This is something no one ever wanted to see happen...It's a tough time right now."
However, some are still hopeful. Freshman Megan Warriner told me, "I have faith in our administrative staff. I feel that Mansfield is going come out on top.
Faculty and Staff will know next month whether they'll have a job come this time next year.