SIUC Chancellor Rita Cheng has eliminated four positions in offices that report to her, including the Ombudsman Office. Rather than laying off a current employee, the Ombuds Office will not fill a position that has been vacant since the retirement of Lynn Connley earlier this year. Chancellor Cheng said that the cuts were necessary because SIUC began the fiscal year with a $15.3 million shortfall.
Donald L. Bixler, LCSW, is the Interim Director of the SIUC Ombuds Office. Law students Michael R. Blum and Robert R. Czarnik serve as Assistant Ombuds. (Daily Egyptian; Saluki Times.)