Vincent Boudreau and Tony Liss
As you know, the College is facing a daunting budget deficit this year. Over the past weeks, we have been in negotiations with CUNY over our FY19 financial plan, and have also been working through the development of a plan to present to Middle States that makes progress against our financial difficulties. During this time it became clear that CUNY does not have the resources to help us entirely fill a hole of this magnitude, and the university instructed us to take measures that would significantly redress these issues.
Under the circumstances, we have come to the difficult decision to cancel our ongoing searches and impose a hiring freeze going forward. We do not come to this decision easily, but it is the only responsible course of action we can take in the face of our current financial situation. Allowing searches to continue would risk being forced to cancel them at a later, more advanced stage, when such cancellations are much more damaging to the College’s reputation. There will be exceptions to this, but they will be few and carefully made.
We thank you for all you do for City College and for your continued support as we work through this very difficult time.
Interim Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs