Budget shortfalls bring cuts to Center for Crafts

Budget shortfalls at Tennessee Technological University mean one part-time and two full-time staff positions at the university's Joe L. Evins Appalachian Center for Crafts will be eliminated come July 1.

University budget concerns, driven by a reduction in state allocations for the coming year, are forcing Tennessee Tech to take a close look at all of its programs. Last fall, the university announced planned reductions in all phases of its operations, including eliminating 20 vacant positions campus-wide. The current reductions are in addition to the earlier cuts.

The eliminated craft center positions include one watchkeeper, a workshop and events coordinator, and a part-time supply store lead worker. Officials at the university say they plan to make every effort to accommodate the individuals affected by the cuts with appropriate positions on the university's main campus.

"Our budget is as lean as it has ever been," said Angelo Volpe, president of the university. "We've had to make some difficult decisions that nobody is happy about. Our concern now is to help these staff members find suitable positions here on campus."

The craft center, located in Smithville, is an off-campus unit of the university's music and art department.