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An electronic communication from Lloyd A. Jacobs, the president University of Toledo, to UT employees announcing lay-offs are forthcoming from has been obtained by Toledo Free Press.
The text of the communication:
During the past 18 months The University of Toledo has been in the process of preparing for what we knew would be several difficult budget years. That planning has resulted in a recalibrated strategic plan to provide guidance as the institution strives to excel in the face of scarce resources. UT is finalizing its budget development process and in the coming weeks, I will present a draft of my recommended budget to the UT Board of Trustees.
I know the trustees also will look to our strategic plan as they work to pass the budget before July 1. But no plan can make today’s announcement any easier. In the next several days, lay-off notices will be distributed to union representatives and a number of employees across the University. We’ve worked hard to remove vacant and part-time positions – an effort to minimize the impact on those who count on UT for all or the majority of their compensation. These are dedicated men and women who deserve our respect and our thanks for their commitment to education and to The University of Toledo. We will do everything we can to ease the transition, including resume seminars and automatic enrollment in the UT Works program, which gives laid off employees priority status to fill open positions across the institution.
Economic news out just yesterday shows that while the economy is recovering, growth is slow. The expiration of nearly $20 million in federal stimulus dollars and fewer financial resources available from the state on top of increasing University operations and benefits costs require us to rethink and re-engineer much of our standard operating procedure. As I said during my address to the community earlier this month, universities across the nation can either embrace and lead the changes sweeping across higher education or be dragged along by them.
I firmly believe The University of Toledo is well-positioned to assume a leadership role. These changes will be difficult and ask us to adapt to challenges that push us out of our comfort zones. But by staying true to our institutional values and following a strong strategic plan, this institution’s best days lay ahead.
Lloyd A. Jacobs
President University of Toledo