A&M lays off 66 operations workers
Texas A&M University officials said Tuesday that it has laid off 66 workers in its operations division, primarily in physical plant operations, as part of a larger restructuring effort.
The restructuring has nothing to do with a state mandate to cut 10 percent from its budget, Lallah Howard, the division’s executive associate vice president, said in a statement, but “we anticipate cost savings will help offset further reductions.”
The Legislative Budget Board and Gov. Rick Perry in May ordered state agencies and universities to propose cuts equal to 10 percent of their state financing for the two-year budget cycle that begins in September 2011. That directive followed a request to trim 5 percent from current financing.
Howard said the restructuring effort will allow the operations division to change its primary focus from construction to preventive maintenance for existing buildings and infrastructure.
Even as the division sheds workers, it plans to expand its engineering capabilities, Howard said, and rely more heavily on the outsourcing of major building-related projects and functions.