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Oral Roberts U. to Cut 100 Jobs

Spokesman says the cuts are mainly to offset the school's $17 million deficit.

Just days after Oral Roberts University announced that it will give former president Richard Roberts more than $440,000 in severance pay, the Tulsa school said it will be eliminating 100 jobs, about 10% of its workforce, in January 2009.

"Like any business, a university cannot spend more revenue than it collects," wrote board chair Mart Green and interim president Ralph Fagin in a letter to the ORU family. "We have a responsibility to all of you to be good stewards of our resources."

School officials have not decided which jobs to cut, but say former employees will remain on the payroll for 60 days and be given job placement support. ORU currently has more than 950 employees.

Last Friday, November 14, ORU announced it had officially severed ties with Roberts and will pay him $223,600 a year for the remainder of a three-term appointment that ends November 2009. The Roberts family moved off campus earlier this year but continues to work at the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association, which has ...

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