Several positions at Henderson State University are set to be eliminated, prompting a backlash both on campus and social media.
The elimination of several positions at Henderson State University has prompted a backlash both on campus and social media.
When asked for comment regarding the elimination of the jobs, Tina Hall, executive director of marketing and communications, shared a comment from President Glen Jones.
“Changes that involve employees are incredibly difficult, and we are grateful for the contributions of these staff members to our educational mission,” said Jones in the statement that was released to the campus.
“Unfortunately, we need to make these difficult decisions to position ourselves better financially in the next fiscal year and beyond in a manner that does not hinder our ability to serve students at a high level.”
It was decided that seven staff positions would be terminated when the next fiscal year begins on July 1.
Of the positions, one was in the finance and administration department, while the other six are from academic affairs. They include three directors; with salaries of $79,872, $53,526 and $46,800; one $40,000 salaried coordinator; two administrative specialists making $26,291 and $25,272; and another specialist with a salary of $28,184. The total for all of the positions in question is $299,945.
The eliminations were not well-received last Friday as a group of students organized a protest outside Jones’ office.
“The university and its constituents should be held accountable for the initial cause that led to the extermination in the first place,” said Raven Morris, a junior music education major from Texarkana, Texas.
“Are we hiring and terminating faculty while considering their impact on student experiences, or are we doing what we think or assume is best for the students?” Morris asked.
In addition to the positions, rumors circulated regarding the closure of the university’s Multimedia Learning Center.
As of now, the Multimedia Learning Center will remain open. However, HSU staff claims that outsourcing is being investigated as a way of continuing its operations.
“We do not currently have plans to close the center and are in early stages of exploring partnerships for operation,” Hall said.