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UA Furloughs Leaders

J.R. Anchetta
University Relations

High-paid University of Alaska executives and administrators will be furloughed for short periods in the upcoming new fiscal year. The over $500,000 cost-saving measure comes as the University deals with a 3-year $70-million state funding reduction, as well as new costs and reduced revenues caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

A UA release says 166 employees will be affected by the furloughs. One group includes UA President Jim Johnsen, campus chancellors, provosts and chief officers, who will each lose a total of ten days pay. Senior administrators including academic deans will be furloughed eight days. President Johnsen says the employee groups were selected because of their pay scale.

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Some additional savings are already being accrued from the furlough of 120 lower-level employees, whose jobs can’t be done from home during pandemic caused campus closures, but furloughs are just a small portion of the cost saving measures happening across the UA system.

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University of Alaska Faculty Alliance chair and UAA professor Maria Williams maintains the executive and administrative furloughs do not go far enough, and suggests a 10% salary reduction for those groups, as a way to a avert broader cuts, including the deletion of 10 academic programs with strong enrollments.

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President Johnsen says deletion of academic programs and a host of other cuts are part of a budget proposal UA regents will meet to finalize in June.