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THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE FROM ACTING PRESIDENT GERALDINE JONES

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Posted on June 21, 2012

From: Acting President Geraldine M. Jones
To: All students, faculty, staff, alumni and University friendsPortrait of Acting Cal U President Geraldine M. Jones.

As you may be aware, a decision was made earlier this year to abolish certain non-union management positions under the furlough policy adopted by the Board of Governors for PASSHE, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. This decision was made, and the nine positions designated for furlough were identified, before I became the University’s acting president.
 
Once I assumed that leadership role, concerns about certain furlough decisions came to my attention. As I met with the University’s vice presidents to discuss Cal U’s budget situation and the reorganization of our workforce, two things became clear: (1) California University faces significant financial challenges, and the decision to implement furloughs was a sound response; and (2) certain positions that were set to be abolished relate directly to our current strategy for addressing our financial challenges while educating and supporting our students.
 
After consultation and deliberation with our vice presidents, I determined that three positions are directly related to the University’s ability to retain students and to manage financial risk. I then spoke with PASSHE legal counsel and with the PASSHE Human Resources office, and I asked to rescind from the furlough list the positions of Associate Provost for Student Retention, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Coordinator of Workmen’s Compensation.
 
Since the furlough plans had already been set in motion, this was indeed a difficult decision. But I am convinced that these three positions are key components in the delivery of our core mission — educating our students and providing them with needed support during their time on campus (retention and student services), as well as managing our resources (workmen’s compensation).
 
The University’s Council of Trustees was notified of this decision last week, and the three employees involved also received official notification that their positions will continue. I am sharing this information with you today in the spirit of openness and transparency, and so that all members of our campus community will understand the careful consideration that led to this decision. As promised, I will continue to keep you informed as our University moves forward.

Signature of Acting President Geraldine Jones.

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