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MSU laying off approximately half of work force

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BECKLEY (WVVA) - Mountain State University will lay off approximately half of its work force, school officials announced in a press release Monday.

Accreditation of the school was withdrawn by the Higher Learning Commission earlier this month. MSU has appealed the decision.

Affected employees received the notice today that their employment will end on Sept. 21.

 

Following is the full press release from Mountain State University:

BECKLEY, W.Va., July 23, 2012 – Mountain State University officials today announced a university-wide workforce reduction of approximately 50 percent after receiving notification from the Higher Learning Commission on July 9 about its intent to withdraw accreditation. MSU employees affected by the reduction received notice today their employment with the university ends on September 21, 2012.

"This is a difficult decision. The reductions are not about performance issues. MSU employees are hardworking and dedicated. Their contributions to the university, its students, and their communities are greatly appreciated," stated Jerry Ice, Ed.D., chairman of the MSU Board of Trustees.

A revised budget that included personnel reductions was presented to the Board of Trustees for approval. The Board determined to maintain specific positions essential to serving students and moving the university through the appeal process with the HLC. Reductions were made at all administrative, faculty, and staff levels.

Interim President Richard E. Sours said that MSU has established a career service center for employees which they will continue to have access to after their last employment date. "This is very difficult news to hear and say, and it is done with a heavy heart. The university is committed to assisting employees in securing other jobs and identifying resources to help them and their families manage the emotional, financial, and job search challenges."

The Career Service Center for employees is located in the John B Van Dyke Jr. Hall on the Beckley campus. A number of workshops and services are available at select times including resume writing, emotional counseling, and job search skills. Additionally, a Rapid Response Team from Workforce West Virginia will be on-campus Friday, July 27 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Resources will also be posted on the internet. Select workshops will be streamed online for ease of access for branch locations and off-site employees. Additional information is available on the MSU website.

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