BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Fears of a pay cut fueled a Faculty Senate meeting at Southern University today.
Southern University is in the middle of balancing its 2011-2012 budget. In doing so, the administration proposed a 10 percent pay cut for instructors working during the summer semester.
This did not sit well with faculty, and a protest was intended for this mornings meeting. However that cut was not mandatory and the issue was quickly put to rest.
"No disrespect intended for the faculty and that the invitation, it was an invitation, to help with the budget," Dr. Mwalina Shujaa, Executive Vice Chancellor, told NBC33 News after the morning meeting.
Faculty members were pleased to learn that the pay cut was merely a suggestion rather than an absolute.
“I feel much better,” Dr. Jaqulin Jacobs, Southern University Faculty Senate member from the Department of Education, said with a sigh of relief. “I feel that things are going to be taken care of and the faculty will be happy."
"I think this issue is resolved,” Dr. Sudhir Trivedi, Faculty Senate President, explained in the moments after the clarification was made. “If a faculty member did not agree to the pay cut, then there should not be any pay cut."
All of this comes on the last day for outgoing Chancellor Dr. Kofi Lamotey. Tomorrow, Dr. James Llorens will begin his first day bright and early. Kelsey Scram will be there and have a full report tomorrow on NBC33 News at 5 p.m.