Panel vote gives ok to Montana Tech department, faculty cuts

Posted at 4:00 PM, Dec 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 18:56:31-05

BUTTE – A 16-member panel at Montana Tech voted in favor of supporting a plan for proposed cuts to departments and faculty at the Butte university Friday evening.

The board, made up of faculty and administrators, voted 13 to 3 in favor of endorsing the third version of a plan that would get rid of some departments and cut some faculty and staff positions at the university in order to reduce some of its budget.

Some faculty members believe the decision is short-sighted and do not want to see faculty fired.

“I’m also concerned about the mission of Tech and if we’re going to be a very narrowly defined science and engineering college, how are we going to be serving students in Butte, in southwest Montana, in Montana at large?” said professor Pat Munday.

Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter will ultimately enact the cuts in the proposal.

Reporting by John Emeigh for MTN News