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St. Anselm College eliminates staff amid financial difficulties

Union Leader Corresondent

May 26. 2018 11:22AM
Despite the pomp and circumstance of last Sunday's commencement, Saint Anselm College is cutting back on programs and staff in response to financial concerns. (Travis R. Morin/Correspondent)

GOFFSTOWN — Saint Anselm College laid off 13 people this week in an effort to address what it referred to as “upcoming financial challenges” in a “rapidly changing climate and marketplace in higher education.”

In a written statement, the college announced that the layoffs were the end result of “a strategic and stringent financial review, encompassing policies, programs, and positions” performed in coordination with the institution’s board of trustees.

While the same statement indicates that the financial review achieved a number of cost reductions by “changing policies, eliminating or reducing certain programs, and not filling some roles that had been vacated,” it does not go into detail about the specific policies and programs that were changed or eliminated, or the dollar amount that was saved as a result.

College officials could not be reached for comment. 

Despite saving money by changing policies and programs and not filling positions, the college’s statement said those cuts were not enough to balance the institution’s books.

“Ultimately, we also had to make the difficult decision to eliminate 13 existing administrative and staff positions across all levels and divisions,” the statement read.

The statement does not outline the process that the college used to determine which positions would be targeted for elimination or any other details about the cuts.

However, it was noted that each of the 13 affected employees were offered severance packages.

Saint Anselm President Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo could not be reached.

The layoffs come less than a week after the college marked its 125th commencement for the 474 members of the graduating Class of 2018.

The college’s admissions office reported that it is expecting its largest incoming class in 15 years for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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