Marshall University to cut employee pay

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University in West Virginia will impose pay cuts affecting 650 employees due to the coronavirus pandemic reducing enrollment, the school’s president announced on Thursday.

The school faces a fall enrollment decrease of 4.6%, which is better than initial expectations, according to a news release. But the school has fewer out-of-state and international students, resulting in a revenue hit of $3.6 million.

Marshall University had previously cut pay for 140 employees making $100,000 or more annually.

“I sincerely regret that we have to take this step,” university president Jerome Gilbert said in a statement. “We had all hoped this second phase of salary cuts would not be necessary.”

The pay reductions are on a sliding scale for employees making between $50,000 to $100,000, from cuts as low as 1% up to 5%. The cuts are not expected to last longer than a year.