GLENVILLE STATE COLLEGE ISSUES CUTS AND FREEZES - Challenges And Changes

(02/18/2001)

By Bob Weaver

Glenville State College President Thomas Powell has frozen the school's budget and called for more than $600,000 in cuts. At the same time there is discussion of the school becoming an arm of West Virginia University. Powell says the college will have a $600,000 deficit this year.

Pay raises which were mandated by the legislature six years ago and never fully funded, is the main reason, he said.

Last year the college spent $800,000 more than it took in and they dipped into financial reserves to make ends meet. Powell says the reserves are almost depleted.

He has ordered a hiring freeze and asked the college's vice presidents and athletic directors to cut their costs.

He also created a nine-person panel to make further recommendations to him by March 1.

Meanwhile, a recent West Virginia study has said "No community college can thrive under a four year college," and calls for them to split their relationships.


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