Jul 23, 2020 7:08 PM

NU Omaha campuses to lay off 9 in budget-cutting effort

Posted Jul 23, 2020 7:08 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Two University of Nebraska campuses in Omaha have announced they will lay off a total of nine people and let about 16 vacant positions go unfilled as the university system looks to cut $43 million from its budget over the next three years.

That news was announced Wednesday by Dr. Jeffrey Gold, chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

Gold said in all, 63 jobs will be affected at the two campuses by the budget cuts, but that about a quarter of those are vacancies that will go unfilled. More than half are employees who will simply be paid from a different funding source, such as federal grants, Gold said.

Doug Ewald, UNO's vice chancellor for business, finance and business development, said six of the position cuts will be seen at UNO and three at UNMC. UNO faces a $6.3 million in budget cuts over the next three years, while UNMC faces a $6.6 million cut for the same period.