MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — University of Montana President Royce Engstrom is stepping down effective Dec. 31, as the university continues to face declining enrollments and budget cuts.

Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian announced Thursday that he and Engstrom reached the decision after “careful discussion and consideration.”

After the November Board of Regents meeting, the commissioner’s office made it clear that the university was overstaffed.

UM said it would rank academic programs in order to make decisions on further layoffs. Faculty, staff and students held an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss their concerns about further cuts.

Last year, over 200 full-time positions were eliminated at UM, which has seen a 22 percent decrease in enrollment since 2010. Engstrom was named UM’s 17th president in October 2010.

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