Kansas State University

KSU announces cuts to athletic department

MANHATTAN — Kansas State is eliminating eight positions from its athletic department, and two currently vacant positions will remain unfilled.

In a statement, K-State athletic director John Currie confirmed the cutbacks and indicated the department has implemented a restructuring plan in response to expected reductions in university and state funding.

Names of the laid off employees were not released. The restructuring was approved by the KSA, Inc. Board of Directors and President Kirk Schulz on Monday.

Currie said in the statement that the cuts were not performance based, but rather reflected K-State's efforts to reorganize in a manner that does not adversely affect its continued attempts to improve.

"The individuals affected by this restructuring and reduction in force have served K-State loyally," Currie said.

Currie went on to say employees affected by the move will be placed on paid administrative leave until June 13.

The restructuring is expected to reduce athletic department payroll by about $310,000 annually.