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97 KU employees to take buyouts, retire by end of 2012

July 27, 2012

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Kansas University officials announced on Friday that 97 of university employees will take buyouts and retire by Dec. 31, resulting in a savings of $4.9 million.

The positions will be held open for at least a year, and then will be evaluated moving forward, said Gavin Young, a KU spokesman.

“This is an opportunity for the individual areas to have a discussion as to whether the funding can be directed to one of the strategic plan priorities or reallocated elsewhere,” Young said.

Young said that 66 university support staff, 20 unclassified staff and 11 faculty members accepted buyouts.

He would not provide a list of names of the people who accepted, saying that his focus was not on individuals but on the program as a whole. He suggested the Journal-World file a request under the Kansas Open Records Act if it wanted the names of the people who will participate in the program. The Journal-World filed its request on Friday.

Young said about 650 of the approximately 5,000 employees on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses were eligible for the program. Of those, 149 people applied, and the university offered buyouts to 106 people.

“The biggest guide to the decision was whether or not there would be a benefit to the university,” when deciding whether to accept an application, Young said.

Those approved for the program received a lump sum payment of one year’s salary, up to $100,000.

Charla Jenkins, director of public relations for the University Theatre and the theater department, was one of the employees accepted for the program. She said she originally had planned to retire in September 2013, when she turned 66.

“I’m glad they gave us enough lead time to work everything out,” Jenkins said, saying she met with her financial adviser and looked at scenarios before deciding to accept the offer.

“It’s going to be tough to walk away,” said Jenkins, who will have worked at KU for 35 years in November. “But the time has come. I’m glad I’m still young enough that I can enjoy it.”

Comments

yourworstnightmare 2 years, 1 month ago

"...11 faculty members accepted buyouts."

Only 11? Disappointing. KU could cut about a third of its faculty with minimal impact on teaching and a positive impact on research, as the AAU use a per faculty index in their research rankings.

Research-inactive faculty hurt the AAU ranking of KU.

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parrothead8 2 years, 1 month ago

KU could cut about a third of its faculty with minimal impact on teaching? That's laughably ignorant.

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jrpigman 2 years ago

"The positions will be held open for at least a year, and then will be evaluated moving forward, said Gavin Young, a KU spokesman."

If a third of KU Faculty left and were not replaced for a year, I would imagine it would have an adverse effect on the University's AAU ranking, as well.

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begin60 2 years, 1 month ago

Let's take a vote on which KU crooks whose buyout would most benefit KU's future students and workers. The hacks in HR sound like a good bet.

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begin60 2 years, 1 month ago

Here is Chris Hedges' description of careerists,the type of people I was unlucky enough to run into at KU:

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_careerists_20120723/

...and KU and Lawrence take the cake with the number of mindless bigots walking around terrorizing strangers for discriminatory, offensive reasons!

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MyName 2 years ago

@begin60:

Wow cynical much? Being able to make ignorant comments anonymously doesn't excuse your lazy and idiotic comparison between the lady that runs the theatre office, and a death camp train conductor for the nazi regime. If you have trouble distinguishing between the two: one if them lives in your neighborhood and helps people get tickets to Hello Dolly, and the other was indirctly involved in a war 70 years ago and is now dead.

How about you keep your asinine links to yourself and that allows the rest or us to not realize what a total troglodyte you are.

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