U. of Southern Maine’s President Reverses Course on Faculty Layoffs

Theodora J. Kalikow, the University of Southern Maine’s president, on Friday reversed course on 12 faculty layoffs that had prompted loud protests in recent weeks, saying that the layoff notices were “off the table for now.”

The university proposed the cuts last month in an effort to cut $14-million from its budget. Ms. Kalikow said she was open to considering alternatives for finding that money, and the university’s Faculty Senate is due to submit a report on its proposals next month. The university did not rescind the elimination of about 35 staff positions.

“The faculty made a good case that they had possibly better ideas,” she said, adding that the student protests in recent weeks, while admirable, did not play a role in her decision.

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