SMU will proceed with 100 staff layoffs

As a part of Operational Excellence for the Second Century (OE2C), one hundred staff layoffs will be made. This will cut an estimated six percent of the university’s workforce.

SMU President R. Gerald Turner released a statement to faculty and staff Jan. 15 announcing the start of the restructure of administrative operations across campus.

The operation titled “Organization Design initiative” will be complete by this February. Its goal is to create an organization that is “better positioned to invest in projects that advance the
University academically.”

The university’s structural budget deficit and costs incurred by OE2C will reallocate savings from administrative functions to these academic endeavors.

OE2C will continue working on the Organization Design Initiative. This may affect additional positions later
this year.

Afflicted employees will receive assistance and compensation, such as full payment for COBRA premiums, SMU Retirement Plan contribution and
outplacement services.

The resizing of 1,700 employees made by SMU administration and OE2C will be discreet. Currently there is no specific department or list of employees named.

The Daily Campus will report more on this subject once we have more information.

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