UNC Asheville announced on Monday that, due to an anticipated 10 percent budget cut for the state university system in the next fiscal year, it had eliminated 43 staff positions, resulting in eight layoffs.
Of the 43 positions, according to the campus press office, 26 were vacant. Of the remaining 17, nine staffers were found jobs in other open positions.
The eight employees laid off were given 30 days notice and severance pay, according to a press release. No faculty positions were eliminated.
The cuts will also mean the closing of the campus convenience store and the phasing out of a spectroscopy research center and the Environmental Quality Institute, which analyzes local water samples for municipalities and individuals.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer