Jobs cut at Alabama A&M

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) – Alabama A&M University cut 45 full- and part-time positions as it deals with budget shortfalls and state-ordered proration in the education budget.

"We regret that the University must take this course of action, but it is absolutely necessary given the tough economic times," said Alabama A&M University President Andrew Hugine, Jr in a news release.

The job cuts announced Friday follow other budget saving measures that have included a tuition increase, furloughs and leaving vacant positions open.

Hugine blames the fiscal problems on a nearly $6 million drop in revenue generated from student enrollment between 2006 through 2008 coupled with two straight years of proration that have cost the University about $13 million.

"We are committed to do what has to be done for this university and must ensure that it remains intact.  There is no magic wand," said Hugine.

Faculty and staff affected by the cutbacks will be afforded access to the services of the University's Office of Career Development Services.

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