Bowles orders UNC schools to cut fat

CHAPEL HILL Bowles met with administrators of the 17 college campuses Monday. Chancellors who did not travel to Chapel Hill for the meeting used teleconferencing to attend.

Administrators have to tell Bowles how they plan to cut administrative costs by ten percent on their campuses. Eyewitness News learned at least 900 jobs are on the chopping block. However, it is not known how many people will lose their jobs.

"The buck stops here," Bowles told Eyewitness News. He explained it's his responsibility to make sure administrators act in the best interest of the schools.

He said people will lose their jobs, whih is a sign of the times in this economy.

Bowles sent the chancellors a blistering e-mail after reading a News and Observer report about costly, bloated levels of administration at UNC system schools.

Bowles called the newspaper story an "absolute embarrassment." He then presented the universities with a directive -- show a plan to cut your budgets and present proof that the focus will be on administrative reductions.

He also told administrators to prove that in this process, academics are being supported.

The meeting between Bowles and administrators took place behind closed doors.

All of the effected employees will be notified of the cuts. Bowles did not indicate a timetable.

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