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UMKC Cuts 17 Jobs Amid Tight Budget

University of Missouri - Kansas City
UMKC Chancellor Barbara Bichelmeyer sent faculty and staff an email, announcing 17 people are being laid off.

On Wednesday morning, University of Missouri-Kansas City officials announced that "some of our ranks will be leaving UMKC." 

An email interim chancellor and provost Barbara Bichelmeyer sent to faculty and staff stated that the university had worked for months "to reduce our deficit and to make strategic investments." And, she said, with a new fiscal year approaching, it was "time to act on these decisions."

"In the past week, 17 of our colleagues were notified that their positions have been eliminated," Bichelmeyer wrote. "Of course, this is an incredibly difficult time for those who will be leaving UMKC." 

According to university officials, 11 of the layoffs are academic positions, and six are in administrative units. 

UMKC put a hiring freeze in place in April 2017 due to severe state budget cuts. The university planned to eliminate about $24 million in spending over the next two years. In May 2017, UMKC laid off 30 employees

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Laura Spencer is an arts reporter at KCUR 89.3. You can reach her on Twitter at @lauraspencer.

Kansas City is known for its style of jazz, influenced by the blues, as the home of Walt Disney’s first animation studio and the headquarters of Hallmark Cards. As one of KCUR’s arts reporters, I want people here to know a wide range of arts and culture stories from across the metropolitan area. I take listeners behind the scenes and introduce them to emerging artists and organizations, as well as keep up with established institutions. Send me an email at lauras@kcur.org or follow me on Twitter @lauraspencer.
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