Boise State is joining the ranks of universities nationwide to announce plans to furlough employees in an attempt to mitigate the financial effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an email to staff Monday night, Boise State president Marlene Tromp announced the mandate and said that the school has already taken “nearly $10 million” in losses due to canceled events extending into the summer, according to the Idaho Statesman.
“I hope our swift action now can help us avoid what could be more grave action later and provide for the long-term well-being of both our community and the institution,” Tromp wrote in the email.
All employees making over $40,000 a year will be required to take furloughs of varying lengths between May 3 and July 21. Those making up to $150,000 will be furloughed for 10 days, those making $100,000 to $149,999 for seven days, those making $75,000 to $99,999 for five days, and those in the $40,000-$74,999 will have to take four days.
Boise State’s women’s-only swimming & diving program is headed by Christine Mabile, who just wrapped her second season with the team. According to publicly available records, Mabile had an annual salary of about $85,010 in 2018 and head diving coach Brandon Blaisdell made $47,278. Second-year assistant coach Jordan Lieberman made $43,014.
In an FAQ section on its website, Boise State said that furloughed employees “cannot perform work in any capacity during this time, including answering email, returning calls, or being ‘on-call.'” That policy puts a damper on recruiting efforts, although the NCAA is already enforcing a dead period through May 31.
Last week, Arizona also announced that some of its athletics staff (including coaches) would be subject to furloughs. Wednesday, Louisville announced its athletics department would be hit with furloughs and layoffs, but said that no coaching staffs would be affected.