SHIPPENSBURG — The Shippensburg University Council of Trustees last Friday approved budgets for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.

Mindy Fawks, the university’s associate vice president for administration and finance, said the institution’s current budget of $128 million reflects a $4.4 million deficit.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors approved a 3 percent hike in tuition for 2013-14, she said, and there is no increase in state appropriation.

Fawks said the university’s projected budget for 2014-15 is $132 million with a $3.7 million deficit, assuming there is “no change in appropriation and no change in tuition.”

She said the university has a budget reduction plan that will not affect current employees.

“The president has said in a number of meetings that there are no plans for personnel layoffs, furloughs or retrenchments, but we are continuing to run a number of vacancies,” said Peter Gigliotti, executive director for university communications and marketing.

“We do fill faculty positions, so that students have a class in order to graduate, but when it comes to support staff, we are running a large number of vacancies campus-wide,” he said. “We have also cut back on purchases and make the most efficient use of funds we receive. We think we are doing a very good job for our students.”

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