New Mexico State University announces likely faculty cuts

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University said there will likely be faculty cuts because of a reduced budget induced by the coronavirus pandemic.

University regents approved a 10.5% budget reduction to the main campus in July.

Every department at the university must submit plans for a 6%, 9% and 12% budget cut to University President John Floros by September, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

The administration will announce their final decisions in October after reviewing the plans.

Floros said the school will evaluate each department and college separately.

“We will keep the best people, and the rest of the people that don’t get on the bus, they need to find another place,” Floros said Tuesday.

Floros said he believes the university will be able to cut costs without furloughs or salary reductions.

Floros said each department will have different levels of budget cuts depending on productivity and success. Some departments may see little to no budget decrease, while others may be cut substantially.