Saint Joseph’s College officials have detailed another round of job cuts. The bulk of the reductions involve student workers, but jobs such as director of admissions, dean of students and nearly four dozen faculty and adjunct faculty positions are also affected. In a notice to the state, SJC says the cuts will be effective in early May.
Operations on the Rensselaer campus are set to be suspended at the end of the current school year. "Although not yet determined," the notice to the state that is signed by SJC Vice President for Business Affairs Spencer Conroy says, "this action my ultimately result in the closure of the entire college and if that will occur the college will provide information regarding that determination." The long-term existence of the college will be examined through a feasibility and practicality study that the board of trustees is asking to be complete by June 20, 2019.
Last month, the embattled college announced 36 jobs that are slated to be terminated April 17. In February, the SJC board voted to suspend activities on the campus. The decision came after determining the school needed $20 million to continue for another year. In all, the school has outlined $100 million in expenses including debt, deferred maintenance and scholarships to keep St. Joe open as it currently operates for years down the road.
President Robert Pastoor said in a February interview with Inside INdiana Business the college’s financial woes were not kept a secret and the administration’s focus is on setting the path for a "re-engineered" St. Joe.