UC Berkeley will lay off nearly 150 employees this year, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau said Thursday.
Some of the workers have already been notified, university spokeswoman Claire Holmes said, and most will be let go by June. About the same number of jobs will be eliminated through other means, such as retirements and voluntary departures.
About a quarter of the 280 or so positions have salaries of $100,000 or above, Birgeneau said in a letter to the campus. The job losses are expected to save the university about $20 million.
No faculty positions will be cut, but other layoffs will come from all areas of the campus.
The reductions will create a "flatter and healthier organizational structure," the chancellor wrote. The 21,000-employee campus has eliminated about 500 jobs in the past two years.
The layoffs are part of the university's "Operational Excellence" campaign, which was jump-started by a consultant-driven report in April that explained how the school could save $75 million per year. Other parts of the campaign include streamlining purchasing and consolidating employees under fewer managers.
"Every unit took a hard look at their organization," Holmes said. "This is the planning we've been doing for the past two years."
Birgeneau's announcement comes less than a week after Gov. Jerry Brown proposed cutting $500 million from the 10-campus University of California system. The layoffs had been planned before Brown's proposal was released, Holmes said, and it is not clear whether budget cuts could lead to more job losses.
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