Officials at Western Kentucky University are facing a budget cut of about five million dollars in Governor Beshear's new budget. However, WKU President Gary Ransdell says a hiring freeze won't be used to help meet the cost reduction.
Speaking with WKU Public Radio, Dr. Ransdell emphasized that the searches that are now underway for faculty and staff will continue. He estimates that more than seventy searches are currently being conducted.
The University President points out that there could be some very difficult decisions coming at the institution in the next few months. He told Regents on Friday that WKU will try to avoid eliminating jobs, but "there are no guarantees" at this point. Dr. Ransdell says personnel costs represent a very large portion of the University's budget.