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UTPB implements hiring freeze, funding cuts

UTPB implemented a hiring freeze and funding cuts to address budget issues. (Source: KWES) UTPB implemented a hiring freeze and funding cuts to address budget issues. (Source: KWES)
ODESSA, TX (KWES) -

Administrators at the University of Texas, Permian Basin revealed Wednesday a hiring freeze and funding cuts had been implemented due to budgeting concerns.

"This freeze will allow the university to continue to make strategic hiring decisions and will be in place for the remainder of this fiscal year," UTPB spokesperson Travis Woodward said in an emailed statement.

Administrators declined to discuss the topic in on-camera or phone interviews.

However, Woodward explained the current "budget shortfall" at UTPB is a result of "unexpected enrollment growth which has produced both higher and unplanned expenditures."

In addition to the hiring freeze, all designated tuition maintenance and operation accounts will be reduced by eight percent, she confirmed.

The funding cuts will not affect student workers, according to the university. 

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