Penn State to Eliminate Approximately 40 Agricultural Jobs

STATE COLLEGE – Roughly 40 positions total will be eliminated at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, with 10 people being laid-off, and another 30 vacant positions being eliminated.  The 10 layoffs will be at the main University Park campus in State College.

The college’s dean, Bruce McPheron, said in a statement that the downsizing is due to an effort to keep costs in line with eroding state appropriations for agricultural research and cooperative extensions.  Those departments do not receive tuition money.

The college also said that it’s possible for another 160 positions to be eliminated in the upcoming years if state funding does not increase.

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