Mansfield U. of Pennsylvania Is 3rd in State System to Announce Job Cuts

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania revealed plans on Wednesday to eliminate 54 jobs, including up to 29 full-time faculty positions, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The institution is the third in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to take such a step, following similar announcements by Edinboro and Clarion Universities in recent weeks. All three have said the cuts were necessary to deal with enrollment declines and sharp drops in state support.

The university did not specify which program areas would be impacted by efforts to erase the shortfall, but the cuts are expected to be felt across campus. Employees working in individual departments are expected to be notified today and Friday about how the cost-cutting moves would affect them.

“These are difficult decisions affecting people’s lives,” Mansfield president Fran Hendricks said in a statement. “Those affected are all valuable to the university, but we also have an obligation to live within our means and operate in a responsible manner.”

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