Buzz: Classified employees to be known as university support staff

Classified staff at Emporia State University are largely supportive of a move to be known as university support staff.


The change gives the university the authority to administer all job titles on campus as well as their respective evaluation systems and pay plans -- authority that had been under state purview in the past. On KVOE's ESU Buzz with President Dr. Michael Shonrock this week, Classified Assembly chair and Alumni Association administrative officer Laurie Pitman said there has been a lot of background work over the past 11 months.

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Both Shonrock and Teachers College administrative officer Gwen Spade say this will help staffers at ESU.

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Employees had a strong voter turnout -- over 85 percent -- with 63 percent in favor of the change.

The movement from classified to university support staff designation began at KU in 2005. Other Regents universities have been switching over the past decade, and currently the only Regents university not to have an affirmative vote is Wichita State -- which has a vote April 30.

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