To lay off 51 Layoffs blamed on cuts in budget, restructuring of UM programs.


May 09, 1991|By Melody Simmons | Melody Simmons,Evening Sun Staff

Hard-pressed by budget cuts, administrators at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the University of Maryland at Baltimore have given layoff notices to 51 employees effective June 30.

The layoffs -- 16 at UMBC and 35 at UMAB -- include no faculty members. The staff cuts were brought on by $80 million in cuts from last year's $649 million UM System budget, campus spokesmen said yesterday. At UMBC and UMAB, the cuts total $16.8 million.

At an April 17 meeting, a UM Board of Regents committee also discussed cuts at other facilities under "optimistic and pessimistic scenarios" for the 11-campus system.

The additional layoffs would be at Towson State University, UM Eastern Shore, Frostburg State University, Coppin State College and the University of Baltimore. However,UM spokeswoman Anne Moultrie said yesterday that no layoffs at those schools have been announced.

The layoffs are part of a systemwide restructuring of programs and functions being designed by Chancellor Donald Langenberg.

In a February address to the UM Board of Regents, Langenberg said that further state budget cuts would require "major surgery" by administrators at each campus. The chancellor stated that "as many as 400 to 650 positions systemwide" may have to be abolished if additional cuts are ordered by the state.

At UMBC, there is also a hiring freeze on 12 key positions that administrators hoped to be able to fill by late 1992, when a new $26 million engineering building opens.

The layoffs and hiring freezes will save $2 million at UMBC, campus spokeswoman Louise White said. She said the personnel cuts are from the professional and classified

staffs, which means office administrators, secretaries and maintenance workers.

"What we have tried to do is preserve the integrity of the academic programs," White said.

She added that "substantial cuts" have been ordered in the Arts and Sciences and Education departments, as well as in academic support services and administrative and student affairs. For instance, a ban on travel, as well as limitations on the purchase of supplies and equipment and catering for campus events, has been in effect since last fall.

At UMAB, 35 employees received layoff notices last Tuesday, 90 days before they take effect.

Those layoffs included secretaries and maintenance workers and will save the institution $1.3 million in salaries, said university spokesman David Taylor. No faculty members were eliminated.

Taylor said UMAB's 1992 budget is $12 million less than its 1988 allocation.

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