Saturday, May 26, 2012
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ATLANTA -- The interim leader of Georgia Perimeter College says the school plans to lay off about 185 employees as part of a broader effort to cut spending.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Georgia Perimeter Interim President Rob Watts unveiled the plans on Friday. They also include increased class sizes and will involve faculty teaching more courses.
Watts said in an email message to staff Friday that the job cuts won't affect tenure or tenure-track faculty members.
Beverly James, assistant director of Media Relations at GPC, said Friday that no specific plans have been released for the Newton Campus yet.
"Over the next two weeks we will find out who gets laid off," she said. "The layoffs will be college-wide."
The college employs about 3,110 people, including 390 tenure and tenure-track faculty.
The two-year school is trying to cope with what could be a $25 million deficit next year. Former GPC President Anthony Tricoli stepped down earlier this month after financial problems led to a budget shortfall at the two-year institution.
University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby named Rob Watts as interim president.
The college is the third largest institution of the USG. It serves approximately 27,000 students through four campuses in Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody and Newton, as well as several sites in metro Atlanta, including an Alpharetta center and partnerships at the Rockdale Career Academy in Conyers and the Newton College & Career Academy in Covington.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.