Dean for Student Life Programs Jon Purple – a Cedarville employee for 22 years – was laid off the morning of May 15, he said. He has until the end of the day on Tuesday to move out of his office.
“We had heard that there were going to be layoffs,” Purple said, “and, you know, I knew that was possible. I had known that for probably a few months and just wasn’t sure exactly when that was going to take place.”
Purple, who said the reason he was given for his layoff is budget reductions, isn’t necessarily the only employee being laid off. Associate Vice President of Human Resources Lisa Todd said that layoffs are indeed happening, although she said she could not say how many people would be affected yet. She declined to comment further unless through Cedarville’s public relations office.
Purple said he and other student life employees who are on contract – and thus technically considered faculty members – weren’t initially reissued contracts for next year. He said some of these staff members included Associate Deans of Campus Life Brad Smith and Becky Stowers as well as John Potter, director of counseling services.(Click here to read more.)