Hocking College Working To Address Budget Issues

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Officials at a small college in southeast Ohio say they're trying to address a budget deficit and a dwindling enrollment.

The Columbus Dispatch reports administrators at Hocking College in Nelsonville briefed employees on the college's budget last week. The school is running a deficit this year, searching for ways to fill a $4.7 million hole in its $23.4 million yearly budget.

The college's enrollment has dropped to less than 3,500 students this semester. That's down from the nearly 6,600 students enrolled in the fall of 2010.

College President Ron Erickson resigned earlier this month during an emergency meeting. He has said he was forced to resign.

The board is expected to select an interim president to serve for six months while conducting a national search for a new permanent president.