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Medaille College lays off 23, spokesman says; profs question numbers

Medaille College lays off 23, spokesman says; profs question numbers

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Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Medaille College’s board of trustees has given President Kenneth Macur unprecedented emergency powers to fire faculty and steer the college through fiscal problems.

Medaille College acknowledged this week that it has laid off 23 employees since April, while 18 others took early retirement, as part of the college's response to financial problems.

Five of the layoffs and seven of the early retirements came among faculty, spokesman John Crawford said.

Faculty members who asked not to be identified gave The Buffalo News different figures. They claimed there have been 32 layoffs, including eight faculty, and 20 early retirements, including nine faculty.

In May, the faculty voted 63-1 that it had no confidence in President Kenneth Macur and 54-10 to issue a statement accusing him of "years of budgetary mismanagement" and using the Covid-19 pandemic to give himself powers to cut staff at will by invoking an "act of God" clause in the faculty handbook.

"In order to preserve the best possible education for our students, the college has had to perform layoffs and adjust operational expenses to align with enrollment and revenue," Macur said this week.

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A group of Medaille College faculty members said mismanagement, not the novel coronavirus pandemic, caused the college’s fiscal crisis, and the group criticized President Kenneth Macur for using the pandemic to give himself emergency powers that will allow him to cut staff at will. In a statement to The News, the faculty members said Macur’s invoking of an “act

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