U. of Southern Maine Faculty Awaits President’s Reply to Their Budget Plan

U. of Southern Maine Faculty Awaits President’s Response to Their Budget Plan 1

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Jerry LaSala Jr. (at microphone), chairman of the Faculty Senate, says the faculty is committed to working with administrators to resolve Southern Maine’s financial crisis: "We know this is going to come back next year."

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Jerry LaSala Jr. (at microphone), chairman of the Faculty Senate, says the faculty is committed to working with administrators to resolve Southern Maine’s financial crisis: "We know this is going to come back next year."

Faculty leaders at the University of Southern Maine balked in March when President Theodora J. Kalikow announced a plan to fire a dozen tenured and tenure-track professors, dismiss 35 staff members, and eliminate four academic programs to help cover part of a $14-million budget shortfall.

A month later she stunned her faculty critics by abruptly reversing course and telling them that, if they could find $1.26-million in savings by the end of May, she would spare the faculty jobs and