Feb 27, 2014

Assumption College eliminates 15 staff positions in ‘restructuring’



Staff report

WORCESTER, Mass. – Assumption College earlier this week laid off 15 employees, in various divisions, as part of a “restructuring plan” designed to maintain or reduce costs for students.

According to the college’s executive director of communications, Michael Guilfoyle, the restructuring plan “was necessary to address current challenges facing the higher education community, specifically maintaining or reducing costs for students.”

The news of the staff reductions was announced to faculty and staff by the college’s president, Francesco C. Cesareo, on Feb. 25.

In a Feb. 26 report on the masslive.com website, Guilfoyle said that the lay-offs, which included faculty, staff and administrators, were not related to the recently announced tuition freeze at the college. (See related story in the “Regional” section of iobserve.) The staff reduction, he stated, will provide an annual savings of $1.2 million.

The college has given severance packages to the affected employees and offered transitional assistance.