State Budget cuts hit SCSU

BRIDGEPORT — Southern Connecticut State University’s share the $161 million cut in state spending is more than $2.2 million (not counting fringe benefits), the campus community learned Tuesday.

In a letter to colleauges, Southern President Mary A. Papazian said a hiring freeze has been imposed effective immediately. Southern is located in New Haven and is one of our state universities that are part of the state’s Board of Regents.

Given the severity of this cut, the ConnSCU Dear Colleagues,

As we have been discussing in recent meetings, the state is facing a projected $365 million deficit in the state budget for the current year. The ConnSCU System was notified last week that Governor Malloy will be implementing a deficit mitigation plan in response to the projected shortfall. The first phase of the Governor’s mitigation plan addresses approximately $161 million of the deficit.  The state university block grant has been identified for a reduction of $7,059,732, plus fringe benefits.  We learned this morning that Southern’s share of the reduction is $2,222,879 plus fringe benefits of $1,244,958 for a total budget reduction of $3,467,837 for this current year.  This is on top of a projected $5.9 million projected revenue shortfall that is also occurring this year due to enrollment declines.

Given the severity of this cut, the ConnSCU System has instituted a freeze on hiring of any and all full-time positions, effective immediately.  The System will consider emergency needs and positions essential to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.  We will be communicating with the system office about the process for requesting exemptions from the freeze in keeping with the above, as well as about any other budget developments.  In the meantime, requests for exceptions to the freeze should be communicated through your respective vice president to Jaye Bailey, associate vice president for human resources.

We will continue to communicate with the campus regularly as information becomes available.   Thank you for your patience and cooperation during these difficult times.


Mary A. Papazian, Ph.D.


Linda Lambeck