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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published October 14 2010

MnSCU system office plans to cut 41 positions

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system office plans to eliminate 41 positions by July to cut the budget by $4.2 million.

The system announced in a news release today that the cuts are due to an anticipated reduction in state funding for fiscal year 2012.

The elimination of 41 positions will be accomplished through resignations, retirements and layoffs.

Minnesota State University Moorhead and Minnesota State Community and Technical College are part of the MnSCU system.

MSUM President Edna Szymanski, who was on an advisory committee that reviewed the changes, said she doesn't expect the cuts to affect the campuses.

“They’ve taken a very difficult cut, but it’s very similar to the types of things that we’re all doing here," Szymanski said.

Changes include restructuring and downsizing the Information Technology division, the Fire/Emergency Management Services Center and the Center for Teaching and Learning; and merging the development, government relations and public affairs divisions into a single division.

For more on this story, read Friday’s Forum.