Mississippi universities cut jobs, trim programs

OXFORD — Job cuts, retirements and reduced programs are some of the steps Mississippi’s public universities are taking to deal with tight finances this school year and the next.

Earlier this week, faculty and staff at the University of Southern Mississippi received a letter about plans to lay off 29 faculty members next school year.

At Mississippi State University, 280 faculty and staff have signed up for a retirement incentive program that was implemented July 1.

Job cuts have been minimal so far at the University of Mississippi, but an official says nothing has been ruled out.

Leaders of the universities are bracing for the loss of millions in stimulus funding in the budget year that begins next July 1.

The Associated Press