Eight from Baldwin City campus among those laid off
Of the 23 layoffs system-wide at Baker University, eight were from Baldwin City’s College of Arts and Science campus.
There were also eight layoffs university wide, six at the School of Professional and Graduate Studies and one in the School of Education. Baker’s Overland Park and Wichita campuses have SPGS and School of Education programs. Breakdowns of layoffs from those campuses weren’t available.
“University wide means employees whose duties served more than one of the schools,” said Steve Rottinghaus, Baker spokesman.
Baker’s School of Nursing in Topeka, located at Stormont-Vail Hospital, was spared any cuts.
“The School of Nursing personnel falls under Stormont-Vail’s umbrella because of our partnership with the healthcare facility,” said Rottinghaus.
Baker President Pat Long announced the 23 layoffs Tuesday at the Baldwin City campus. She said she hoped it was the last of the layoffs and was sure it was the last of the mass layoffs.
Baker now employs 439 faculty and staff members at its four campuses. The layoffs were a 5.2 percent reduction in the previous number. The layoffs were caused by a $1 million shortfall in the budget caused by revenue losses, among other factors. Other cost-cutting measures had been instituted in November.
The locations of the layoffs weren’t announced until today after Baker’s Board of Trustees met at the Baldwin City campus.