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WVU decreases staff as result of budget cuts

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — WVU has taken steps to address roughly $20 million in budget cuts in the past couple of fiscal years.

For the current fiscal year, all vice presidents were asked to reduce their budgets by 10 percent. The plans were reviewed by a university committee to determine the most strategic action.

Throughout the process, there have been guidelines the university tried to follow. Those were to protect the core academic mission, invest in the 2020 Strategic Plan, work on facility and technology infrastructure and strive to give raises in Fiscal Year 2015, which starts July 1.

University Relations took the largest percentage cut with a reduction of 5.48 percent of its budget totaling $278,000, according to BOG documents. The Health Sciences Center took the largest monetary cut at roughly $3 million, or 2.06 percent of its budget.

Several departments were also combined, restructured or eliminated.

As a result of the changes, more than 100 positions were eliminated…

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