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Layoffs hit SUNY Erie as Covid-19 worsens financial outlook

Year-to-year enrollment is down 22% on a headcount basis & 18% on a full-time equivalent basis, both of which are greater than what the college had budgeted for fall

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Covid-19 continues to exacerbate the financial problems at SUNY Erie, where a round of layoffs was announced late last week.

In a letter to staff, Interim President William Reuter announced that some probationary employees were laid off effective Sept. 25.

Also eliminated were three administrative positions: executive president of institutional advancement, vice president of facilities and security and vice president of enrollment management.  Read the full story on Buffalo Business First's website. 

Interim ECC President William Reuter released the following statement about the job moves:

Due to an almost 20% decline in enrollment from last fall, the increased costs of operating with COVID, and delays in state funding, we have reached the painful decision that it is necessary to make some staff reductions. At this point, we have notified many of our probationary employees that their employment is being terminated due to budgetary issues. In addition, after reviewing our organizational structure to ensure we are providing and maintaining the best services for our students, we have reduced Senior Executive Staff by three full time positions. We will continue to evaluate the need for additional position reductions throughout the college should the budget situation warrant it.

These decisions have not been made lightly but were necessary to ensure that we are able to maintain an appropriate level of support to our students within the fiscal resources available.