Marquette University eliminating 25 staff positions to cut costs

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Marquette Interim President Robert Wild announced in a letter on Wednesday, February 19th that Marquette University is eliminating 25 staff positions in an effort to achieve cost reductions and needed operational efficiencies.

"I am sad to share that 25 of our Marquette colleagues have been told or are in the process of being told that their employment with Marquette has ended."

The employees impacted are staff; no members of the faculty are affected.

"With families stretched to the limit in their ability to afford additional tuition costs, these challenging times require us to take difficult but necessary steps. Only by aligning our operations and resources with our fiscal realities can we keep a Marquette education affordable for our students," Wild said in the letter.

According to Wild's letter, the reductions, combined with future employee turnover, retirements, and not filling some current vacancies, are expected to bring Marquette's total reduction of approximately 105 positions out of their current employee base of 2,800.

"Decisions such as these are among the toughest we face as university leaders.  Although Marquette has operated with positive margins for the past 16 years, they have remained thin. The decisions announced today are steps we must take to ensure the university’s long-term fiscal health," Wild said in the letter.