Earlier this month, trustees approved a budget that projects another $10-million decline in revenue and could result in up to 40 employees being laid off. The number of layoffs could be much lower once attrition is factored in, Schrader has said.
On Friday, Wright State tweeted that Fecher had said the university would add money to its reserve fund and had “turned the corner and expects to end the year financially secure.” The tweet included a meme of actor James McAvoy pumping his fist with the word “SUCCESS!” popping up on the screen.
The school’s tweet was reposted on Wright State President Cheryl Schrader’s Twitter account.
Fecher said he responded to WSU on Twitter because he felt the school’s tweet went too far.
“I think that we have an obligation to deliver the correct information,” Fecher said. “Especially if it’s in the public domain like that. We have to be truthful about what we’re talking about.”
Despite the surplus, Fecher said it’s important for the university to be clear about its financial status when it comes to messaging.
“There has been a turnaround. There has been a surplus,” Fecher said. “But, reserves are not where they need to be…
We’re not where we need to be in terms of financial security and that’s the point I was trying to make on Twitter.”
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This news organization has reached out to a Wright State spokesman with questions about how the school’s social media is handled.
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