Bristol, TENN. — President Alexander Whitaker of King University confirmed to the Bristol Herald Courier on Friday that nine faculty positions at the main campus in Bristol will be eliminated in the following year. Two faculty members at the Knoxville campus will be cut as well.
The move represents a 9% staff reduction for King University, which has already notified the faculty members that their contracts will not be renewed. The notification took place according to King’s internal policies, according to Whitaker.
Whitaker also noted that he realizes the reductions are occurring at a bad time for the involved faculty, and hopes that the cuts will only be temporary.
King University also confirmed that less than nine staff positions will also be eliminated, but did not elaborate on timing or numbers.
Stay with the Bristol Herald Courier for more on this developing story.