MC cuts 20 full-time positions

Marietta College announced Tuesday it has eliminated 20 full-time positions, a move officials attribute to short-term budget pressures and an attempt to ensure future sustainability.

A press release was sent out at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Tom Perry, executive director for strategic communications and marketing for Marietta College, said employees, including those affected, had been notified earlier in the day.

The cuts are expected to save $1.1 million and affected employees “across the campus,” said Perry, including educators. He said he could not say which specific positions were included.

“We are proud of our employees and their dedication to the students and this outstanding institution,” Marietta College President Joseph Bruno said in the release. “That is what makes this move so difficult. The individuals most directly impacted are seeing their positions eliminated not because of performance issues, but because of our need to capture funds for the future.”

Bruno outlined the need to meet pressing budget needs for the near future as well as allow the college the opportunity to pursue healthy investment in key areas of the institution that are fundamental to the institution’s core mission.

“As we look at positioning Marietta College for long-term stability and establishing priorities for the future, some very tough decisions had to be made with the college’s limited budget options,” he said. “These actions are aimed at reallocating resources to new initiatives designed to ensure that the overall student experience meets the expectations of today’s demanding college students and their families.”

Bruno first presented the plan to the college’s Board of Trustees on Feb. 13-14, and it received strong support for its vision and its impact. They then asked the senior administration to consider some other initiatives, according to the release.

“While a reduction in force is always difficult, I believe it is incumbent upon the administration of Marietta College to be tireless in maximizing our organizational resources in support of our Marietta College students,” Bruno said in the release. “We are accountable to them and to the generations that follow for delivering the quality contemporary liberal arts education that was promised and as painful as this measure is, we believe it helps ensure we can keep that promise now and for years to come.”

Bruno said the college will continue to explore every available option to address ongoing budget challenges and to minimize any future reductions in staffing levels.