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May 14, 2014

Paul Smith's College eliminates 23 jobs

PAUL SMITH’S — Paul Smith’s College has cut 23 jobs in an effort to address budget challenges.

College President John W. Mills announced the downsizing measure on Tuesday, indicating that the cuts affect 12 percent of Paul Smith’s 190-person workforce.

College spokesman Ken Aaron told the Press-Republican that job elimination is happening across the board, including college teaching positions, staff and administrative-level jobs.

Of the 23 positions cut, 12 come from open posts that will not be filled or from employees leaving the college voluntarily.

Citing personnel reasons, Aaron could not be specific about which jobs were lost in scaling back.

“Elimination of salaries and benefits will save Paul Smith’s College $2 million from these 23 positions,” he said.

“Many of the cuts were effective immediately.”


The trigger was lower enrollment numbers for incoming students.

“Our incoming class looks like it will be 100 students fewer than we expected,” Aaron said of the budget breach. 

“This is a very difficult environment for small, private colleges,” Mills said in a news release Tuesday. “Many families are unable to stretch their budgets to pay for college or shoulder additional debt.

“Additionally, there are simply fewer students

graduating from high school in the Northeast, the geographic area from which we have traditionally drawn the most students.”

Paul Smith’s College is a private college, run by a Board of Trustees, and is not part of the State University of New York system.

“We are greatly reliant on tuition revenue, and unfortunately a shortfall that large does not leave us with a lot of options. We’re still going to be running on a significant budget deficit once these cuts are made,” Aaron said.


The college would not provide precise deficit figures or details of the budget gap, citing the lack of final enrollment numbers and the impact of restructuring.

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