Despite budget squeeze, layoffs unlikely, ASU president says

Augusta State University expects to cut more than $2 million out of its already “lean” budget, President William A. Bloodworth Jr. said this morning during his annual state of the university address.

With a projected $1.6 billion shortfall in Georgia’s revenues, the state is asking each of the university system’s 35 institutions to prepare for cuts of 10 percent in state funding, he told faculty members.

People will be taking on more work and more classes will be covered by part-time faculty, but he stressed that there would be no layoffs.

The president remained hopeful and upbeat, adding that the university is dedicated to its mission and will continue to build upon its successes.

“Budget cuts and all, we’re going to have another good year,” Dr. Bloodworth said to conclude his address.

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