For the second straight Friday, Emporia State University has announced the benefits of what it’s calling a reinvestment plan for the future.
ESU is restoring an assistant professor of music education and community outreach, a tenure-track position eliminated by past cuts. Another position cut in years past, director of choral activities, is also getting restored.
ESU is also announcing a “significant” budget increase to boost pay for faculty who teach applied music lessons, serve as accompanists and direct the Marching Hornets’ color guard and Stingers dance team.
Chair of the Department of Music Dr. Allan Comstock says this reinvestment in the department shows the university’s appreciation for the work it does.
Comstock also says this will be a great boost of morale for their students.
This is the second major reinvestment announcement after the Kansas Board of Regents approved the ESU Framework for Workforce Management earlier this month. Last week, ESU announced added positions in the art department as well as a multi-million-dollar renovation to King Hall. The plan also has led to the dismissals of over 30 faculty and staff, as well as the upcoming end of the university debate program.