Ahead Of State Budget Talks, UAMS Announces 600 Job Cuts

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), which supports over 10,000 jobs across the state, announced Monday (Jan. 8) it is cutting 600 positions to close a budget gap of more than $30 million as Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas General Assembly begin prepping this week for the upcoming fiscal session.

UAMS interim chancellor Stephanie Gardner said 258 of the affected positions are occupied. The main UAMS campus is in Little Rock. There is also a regional campus in Fayetteville.

“UAMS has had financial challenges for many years and we have always made up for any shortfall by using our reserve funds,” Gardner wrote in an email to staff Monday. “However, we are depleting our resources and we cannot continue to do that and sustain UAMS into the future.”    MORE

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