LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University has eliminated 727 faculty and staff positions at its Las Cruces campus since 2011 due in part to a steady decline in enrollment and state appropriations.
Chancellor Garrey Carruthers told the Las Cruces Sun-News that the need to examine the staffing levels and “right-size” the university was apparent before enrollment and appropriations became an issue.
The university in 2015 contracted with a consulting firm to examine staffing levels and organization structures on the campus. The study found the school to be top-heavy, with too many managers overseeing too few employees. A campus-wide reorganization is nearing completion.
All told, the university has eliminated 64 faculty positions and 663 staff positions since 2011 — a reduction of more than $17 million per year in payroll.