UT-Knoxville likely to cut 326 positions despite 9% proposed tuition hike

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The University of Tennessee's flagship Knoxville campus will likely have to cut 326 positions in the coming year, according to a university spokesman and based on a 9 percent tuition increase.

Spokesman Jay Mayfield says Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, in Memphis for a UT Board of Trustees meeting, anticipates the cuts are what the university needs to do in order to meet economic challenges as they stand right now.

Mayfield says the 326 number for position cuts was figured with out knowing what the impact of state budget cuts and the economic impact of federal stimulus money headed to Tennessee.

Mayfield says 204 currently-filled positions will likely be eliminated, as well as 104 unfilled positions at the university.

He says it's still too early to know how specific departments will be affected by the anticipated cuts.

About 777 positions will be cut from the university statewide, including the 326 expected at UT-Knoxville.

According to a UT news release, the system-wide breakdown of expected cuts is as follows:

UT Martin: six filled, 13 total
UT Chattanooga: 24 filled, 59 total
Health Science Center: 200 filled, 200 total
UT Knoxville: 204 filled, 326 total
Space Institute: 12.3 filled, 12.3 total
Institute of Agriculture: 55 filled, 103 total
Institute for Public Service: 1 filled, 4.5 total
System Administration: 41 filled, 59 total

Overall total: 776.8

According to a UT release, the Board of Trustees approved a measure allowing administrators to implement mandatory furloughs, reduction of time worked, and across-the-board salary reductions for the rest of the year. The maneuvers would be subject to approval by the chief financial officer and the Executive and Compensation Committee of the Board of Trustees.

You can watch the video of Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting HERE.

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