WIU Pauses Layoffs

ThomasPresident Jack Thomas sent a letter to the university community Tuesday afternoon informing staff and students where Western Illinois University stands without a state budget.

In this letter Thomas says all Administrators will take a voluntary salary reduction beginning January 1st.

“I have heard how much pain these decisions are causing our University community, and I know that there are many asking if there are alternative strategies that might save any of positions. ┬áThe Provost and I have listened, and we are willing to pause and consider additional suggestions on how we can meet our budget obligations and keep our doors open.”

Thomas asked the Board of Trustees to table the vote on the staff reduction recommendation resolution to allow time to identify additional possible solutions.

A special Board of Trustees meeting will be held at 10 a.m January 12th, 2016, in the University Union Grand Ballroom.