MILWAUKEE – In a letter to
faculty and staff Wednesday, Marquette University Interim
President Father Robert A. Wild said that 25 employees were
losing their jobs and a total of 105 positions would be
eliminated through future employee turnover, retirements and not
filling some current vacancies are expected.
In his letter, Wild wrote that members of the President’s
Advisory Group collaborated with leaders in the colleges and
divisions to review proposals submitted by deans and vice
presidents of their colleges and operating divisions.
“With families stretched to the limit in their ability to afford
additional tuition costs, these challenging times require us to
take difficult but necessary steps. Only by aligning our
operations and resources with our fiscal realities can we keep a
Marquette education affordable for our students. We must do this
while ensuring the long-term health of the university and
continuing to pursue important new initiatives as called for in
our strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries,” Wild wrote.
Of the 25 people notified that their positions have been
eliminated, all were staff and none was faculty, according to
the letter. Marquette University employs 2,800 people. Each
person who was laid off will receive a severance package that
includes extended pay and benefits, and is being offered
spiritual and career transition assistance.
“The President’s Advisory Group used the following goals and
principles to guide our work on these issues: prioritizing
academics and the transformative educational experience of our
students; favoring solutions that improve efficiencies while
conserving resources; and positioning Marquette for smaller
future tuition increases and balanced budgets that continue to
grow a contingency fund to provide greater financial
flexibility,” according to the letter.