December 14, 2010

Ombuds Office at Southern Illinois University Carbondale Will Remain Understaffed

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.)

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