Kentucky State University President M. Christopher Brown II announced approval of senior cabinet recommendation to strengthen operational efficiency on Frankfort’s capital city campus earlier today.
“The strength of Kentucky State University depends heavily on cross-collaboration and highly efficient programs and teams,” President Brown said. “As we continue to accelerate moving Kentucky State University forward, we must realign spending and resources to best position the institution for future success. Such decisions are necessary to ensure we fully support student success and strategic outcomes. Kentucky State University cannot be all things to all people. Kentucky State University will steward our resources carefully.”
The primary objective is to ensure continued high-quality teaching and research, the Board of Regents approved budget on June 7 required Kentucky State University direct resources toward instruction and student achievement.
Today’s staff realignment includes elimination of approximately 40 vacant positions, 10 voluntary separations and close to 25 position eliminations. The rightsizing of staff and responsibilities can potentially generate $2.3 million in salary and benefit savings.
“This realignment positions Kentucky State to navigate recent and upcoming challenges, such as the 6.25 percent general fund reduction, no funding from the performance funding model and significant increases in pension cost,” Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs Doug Allen II said. “All terminated employees were provided access to job placement assistance and severance.”
In April, the Kentucky State University Board of Regents approved a decrease in Kentucky State’s summer school rate from $309 per credit hour to $125. This strategic action led to summer school enrollment doubling and providing students a faster, more affordable path to graduation.