A Youngstown State University trustees committee approved a $173 million operating budget for fiscal 2015 that includes permanent layoffs of 15 people in what’s expected to be only the first round of cuts.
The plan also includes permanently eliminating 43 position vacancies.
Each of the university’s divisions was assigned a reduction target, and half haven’t met it.
Academic Affairs got the highest target — $7.5 million — and has achieved 13 percent of that goal. Hitting the target is going to be arduous.
“To hit our target, that’s 65 faculty positions — which means eliminating a college,” said Teresa Riley, interim provost. “That’s how drastic it will have to be.”
Read more of the budget challenges in Wednesday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.