Associate dean laid off at UMaine to cut costs

Posted Nov. 13, 2009, at 6:46 p.m.

ORONO, Maine – A University of Maine administrator who worked closely with the school’s multicultural programs and minority students has been laid off as a cost-cutting measure.

The UMaine student affairs associate dean position held by Angel M. Loredo was cut, and Loredo was laid off Tuesday, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Robert Q. Dana said.

No other layoffs are expected in the immediate future, UMaine spokesman Joe Carr said.

Loredo, who Dana said lives in Bangor and is from Texas, had been at UMaine for 10 years.

Dana said Loredo’s annual salary was about $77,000 with the addition of benefits bringing the total package to about $114,000.

Other savings in the Division of Student Affairs have been achieved by leaving empty positions unfilled, Dana said.

“We’ve had to eliminate a position, and it’s very painful of course because there’s a person in the position,” he said.

UMaine is trying to cut $7.5 million from its base budget for fiscal year 2011, officials announced recently.

As associate dean of student affairs, Loredo’s responsibilities included diversity training, student conduct, racial-cultural climate consultant and clergy liaison.

Among the campus organizations that came under his purview were the Campus Activities and Student Engagement office, Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism, Multicultural Programs office, the Office of Community Standards, Rights and Responsibilities, and the office of Gay, Lesbian and Transgender, or GLBT, Services.

Those responsibilities will be transferred to other administrators, including Dana and Senior Associate Dean Kenda K. Scheele.

Loredo could not be reached for comment Friday but told The Maine Campus student newspaper this week he would like to continue working in academics.

“My passion has always been working with students,” Loredo said.

Dana said Loredo was well-liked by students, faculty and staff, some of whom have contacted Student Affairs to express their disappointment.

“People have been very sad, and they understand the budget situation is very dramatic and troubling, and they’re sorry to see him go,” Dana said. “He was well-cared about.”

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