MCG freezes hiring for 70 positions

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The Medical College of Georgia will freeze hiring on 70 positions as it tries to meet a recommended 10 percent budget cut, an official said Friday. And that might not be the last of the reductions, said William Bowes, the senior vice president for finance and administration.

On the heels of a January revenue report that showed state tax collections down 14 percent from the previous year, University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis notified the institutions that more cuts might be coming. The system is expecting to hear from Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue about that next week, system spokesman John Millsaps said.

"It sounds like (MCG President Daniel W. Rahn) is just trying to be proactive," he said.

MCG elected to go from a 9.5 percent reduction to the 10 percent reduction, and freezing those 70 positions should save between $750,000 and $900,000, Mr. Bowes said.

The frozen positions will be primarily support positions paid for by state funds, which account for about 25 percent of MCG's budget, he said. The school has already eliminated 84 vacant positions to meet budget cut recommendations.

"I'm still trying to hold off on doing layoffs," Mr. Bowes said.

The most recent cuts won't delay an expansion of MCG's School of Medicine to Athens in conjunction with the University of Georgia, he said. A search for faculty for the satellite school will continue, in part because those positions are unlikely to be filled until late this fiscal year or into next fiscal year and would not affect this year's budget.

MCG and UGA signed a memorandum of understanding this week that said the satellite school would be up and running by 2010.

Reach Tom Corwin at (706) 823-3213 or tom.corwin@augustachronicle.com.

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jgdarling
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jgdarling 02/14/09 - 10:01 am
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The nightmare begins as MCG

The nightmare begins as MCG is cut and Athens medical expands.

jackrabbit5491
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jackrabbit5491 02/14/09 - 11:37 am
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MCG now faces the possibility

MCG now faces the possibility of lay-offs in the face of medical school-specific expansion to Athens. I hope that the leaders of MCG and UGA who signed the memorandum of understanding (mou) assuring 2010 date-certain enterprise activation are not under the misapprehesion that the mou trumps state budgetary necessities. Both public and private money for this project should be withheld until the state fiscal climate normalizes.

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junket83 02/14/09 - 01:12 pm
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Jackrabbit has it right. ALL

Jackrabbit has it right. ALL expansion of State Programs, including the Athens project, should be stopped immediately and not resumed until the State financial picture improves.

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Riverman1 02/14/09 - 05:25 pm
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One day maybe we will have a

One day maybe we will have a historical accounting of exactly how we ended up with another state supported medical school. A meeting at a motel half way between Athens and Augusta in secret and it happens. Talk about transparency and discussion. I fault the AC and other local media for taking far too long to understand the seriousness of the funding threat a new school poses for MCG Augusta. Please read the history of USC Medical School in Columbia and MUSC in Charleston. How that turned into a bitter controversy of fighting over funding and over who was in control of the USC Medical School in the 1980s. USC made it plain they would control their medical school and the legislature backed them up. That's exactly where we are headed. Mark my words.

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Riverman1 02/14/09 - 05:41 pm
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Question: Did MCG try to

Question: Did MCG try to appoint someone to head the new school in Athens, but UGA overruled them and appointed someone they wanted? It has begun. So much for this satellite campus description.

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justus4 02/14/09 - 05:45 pm
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"The system is expecting to
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"The system is expecting to hear from the Governor" next week, but a little research can accurately predict what he'll say; A Republican will say "taxcuts" 10 or 20 times, then "personal responsibility" 5 or 10, then say how "government is not the answer" (but "they" have gotten terribly wealthy in gov't all their lives) and the speech will end with a call for more freedoms & trickle-down employment tactics. And of course MCG is feeling the pain, they've bet on the wrong horse on this one.

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