WSU to consider voluntary separations as part of staff reduction plans

FAIRBORN — The Wright State Board of Trustees voted unanimously to give the university’s president the authorization to implement a voluntary exit program prior to implementing staff cuts, which were previously approved in February.

The vote happened during a special board meeting held virtually.

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Under the resolution approved, President Sue Edwards will be able “to take any and all actions necessary or desirable to implement, maintain, and administer the plan.”

The university’s board of trustees previously approved a recommendation by Edwards to eliminate up to 113 excess faculty positions at the university’s Dayton campus during a February board meeting.

During February’s meeting Edwards also had asked the board to consider the voluntary separation program, and today’s action was the next step in that plan.

“I recognize that type of program has been authorized in the past and that prior offerings were not widely successful in the faculty ranks,” Edwards said in February. “But such a program may be far more attractive to some today. We will work to structure an incentive plan in a manner that is beneficial to both the university and the employee.”