UW System administration announces layoffs, other cuts

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Courtesy UW System

MADISON, Wis. — University of Wisconsin System administration will lay off an untold number of employees over the next two years as part of $10 million in cuts announced by interim President Tommy Thompson.

The layoffs Thompson announced Tuesday affect employees of UW System Administration only. The system’s 13 universities are making their own reductions that were necessary due to a loss in revenue and state-ordered cuts due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The layoffs of system employees will total about $6 million over two years, which represents a 10% cut to state-supported salaries.

There are 370 employees at UW System with state-supported salaries.

Editor’s note: On Aug. 11, The Associated Press, relying on information supplied by the university system, erroneously reported that the UW System administration has about 600 state-funded employees. The story has been updated to correct that the UW System administration has 370 employees with state-supported salaries.