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Douglas Fecher, vice chair, Wright State University Board of Trustees. Fecher is also president and CEO of Wright-Patt Credit Union
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The Wright State University board of trustees finance committee Friday announced details of a long-awaited budget proposal. The 2018 budget calls for eliminating 71 employees -- fewer than many feared -- and more than 100 additional vacant positions.

More than half the job cuts would come from administrative positions.

Approximately two dozen are hourly positions, and more than 40 are salaried staff. Four positions would be faculty members. Officials say another 14 current full-time employees will see their hours reduced.  

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Wright State programs could be cut, and more than 100 employees could be let go under the university's upcoming Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal. School officials are expected to release details of the plan at a finance committee meeting May 19.

As many as 120 employees could be let go, Wright State officials say.

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Amid an ongoing budget crisis, Wright State University’s credit ranking has been downgraded.

Moody’s Investors Services dropped the school’s rating from A2 to Baa2, signifying a “negative outlook.” The organization says the downgrade was prompted by Wright State’s deteriorating financial situation and significant operating deficits.

The new rating could affect Wright State’s ability to secure loans for large projects, such as new construction.

Writer/director Christopher Blazavich and producer Kara Lynch are seniors preparing to graduate from Wright State University's film program.  Their work will be among seven films screen at the Big Lens Film Festival, a yearly event that showcases the work of Wright State students.  Blazavich and Lynch joined Niki Dakota live in the studio to talk their film careers so far, future plans and more.

The Big Lens Film Festival is Sunday, April 30th, 3-5pm at the Rave Cinemas at the Greene.  

Legacies Series Brings Musical Theatre Professionals to Wright State Students

Apr 20, 2017
Tony Walton and Joe Deer recount Walton's storied theatre career
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When it comes to the craft of theater, not everything can be learned in a classroom. There’s a long history of theater professionals sharing their knowledge with younger generations. At Wright State University, the Musical Theatre Initiative continues that tradition through its Legacies Series. Last fall, the Legacy Series brought set and costume designer Tony Walton as a guest artist. He’s worked on Broadway and in Hollywood, winning three Tony Awards, an Oscar, and an Emmy.

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Wright State University recently released the long-awaited results from a 2015 audit into the school’s finances and potential conflicts of interest. School officials commissioned the audit following the opening of an ongoing federal investigation into Wright State’s alleged mishandling of international work visas.

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Students and Faculty at Wright State University are set to protest the University’s financial decisions Friday during a Board of Trustees meeting.

Protesters will march from Wright State’s quad to the student union, where the Board of Trustees will meet to discuss the school’s ongoing budget crisis. Wright State is set to overspend its budget this year by 40 million dollars. The university has cut faculty, staff and programs to rectify the situation. Wright State’s interim president Curtis McCray has said more cuts are coming.

Wright State University's Arts Gala is a six hour showcase of student work in the school's Creative Arts Center.  Jennie Buckwalter, Assistant Dean for Community and Student Engagement for Wright State's College of Liberal Arts, joined Niki Dakota live in the studio along with several Wright State University students to talk about this year event. 

The 18th Annual Wright State Arts Gala is Saturday, April 8th, 6pm - midnight.  Learn more at: https://www.wright.edu/artsgala

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Some Miami Valley colleges and universities are reporting a significant drop in international-student applications this year. The decline is part of a trend reflected in a recent Institute of International Education survey, which found nearly 40 percent of schools across the United States are experiencing similar declines.  

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Wright State University President David Hopkins has announced he’ll officially leave office Friday, three months earlier than his scheduled retirement. Hopkins had said last May he planned to step down in June, when his contract officially expired. He’s served as Wright State president for about 10 years.

In a letter to students, faculty and staff Friday, Hopkins cited the university’s budget-realignment process as one reason for vacating office early. He also wrote that he wants to, “position new president, Dr. Cheryl B. Schrader, for every success possible.”

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