By Daegiona Wilson
Sunday evening marked the first town hall at Southwestern this year.
Brad Andrews, president, informed students and the general public on issues concerning the college. Andrews said the state of the college is adapting to a shift in a difficult and challenging environment.
Because the college is roughly $1.75 million in debt, taking is something that has to happen, said Andrews.
The main focus of the meeting was to highlight how there will be thirteen administrative and staff positions that will be cut come next fall due to the fact that, “The last couple of years, we are spending more than what we our making.” Andrews said.
Six of these positions are currently filled, and seven are left unfilled.
Andrews said the cuts are being used to stop the school from borrowing. He said he wishes that these cuts did not have to happen, but that letting go of these positions will allow for the college to begin moving in the right direction.
The cut of these positions, along with cuts in different areas, will allow for the college to obtain a balanced budget by this upcoming July, and eventually have a positive budget by the beginning of the 2021-22 school year.
The overall goal is to get out of debt, and have funds to invest in different incentives in the next couple of years.
Once balanced, administration will begin to look at what is most important to target, with the voice of the SC community.
With the meeting scheduled the Sunday before Thanksgiving, only about 20 people attended the meeting. D’Morea Horton, physical education senior, said, “Due to the lack of numbers because the date and time, I don’t think it was as effective was it could have been.”
For the ones in attendance, many felt as if Andrews did an effective job answering any questions asked, showing that he genuinely cares for the SC community.
As for some questions, Andrews said he did not know how appropriate it would be to fully go into detail at this time.
Sheldon Hawthorne, accounting senior, said, “The best thing that came out of the meeting was the fact that he came out and said they are doing things like office hours, where people can come and talk to them and be more open to things we have to say. It makes me feel like we are wanted and cared for.”
Looking ahead, Andrews’s biggest concern was individuals not believing in the college during this situation. He said, “We will face up to the challenges, making the most out of what we do have.”