University of Maryland’s Merrill College of Journalism eliminates four positions

E-mail to University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism faculty and administration

From: [Dean] Kevin Klose
Date: Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 5:17 PM
Subject: [Administrators] A Note From the Dean

Dear Colleagues:

As you all know, both the University as a whole and the College of Journalism have undergone significant financial challenges in the past several years. I regret to inform you that today, it became necessary to eliminate four current positions on our staff.

These colleagues have been notified that their positions are being eliminated, and they will be laid off from those positions in not less than 90 days.

Consistent with University policy and procedures concerning layoffs, they will be on Administrative Leave during this period so that they can concentrate their efforts on finding other positions, hopefully with the University.

At this time, I do not contemplate any other layoffs.

I know you will respect our colleagues’ rights to privacy at this time of stress. And I ask that you stand ready, as do I, to assist them with transitional support in the days ahead.

Each and all have served the College well. They have our respect and thanks for all they have contributed to the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Kevin Klose

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A reader tells Romenesko via e-mail: “Those fired include Steve Crane, assistant dean for graduate programs and facilities, who also oversaw the college’s Capital News Service; Marchelle Payne-Gassaway, assistant dean and executive director of the Maryland-District of Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and Matthew Sheehan, whose responsibilities included overseeing the college’s Web site, publications, and media relations.”

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