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Large windows letting in natural light in Roanoke College's Cregger Center overlooking campus.

ROANOKE — Roanoke College plans to eliminate the jobs of 14 employees and make other cuts to reduce spending by $6 million, the college announced Tuesday, citing financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The budget reductions, which begin Wednesday, also will include leaving open positions unfilled, suspending contributions to employee retirement plans and reducing salaries and operating expenses, according to a news release.

“The current devastating health and economic crisis require us to take these actions,” President Michael Maxey said in a statement.

The 14 staff positions are from several departments around campus, spokesperson Teresa Gereaux said. Likewise, operations budgets will be reduced across campus, not targeting a single area.

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