MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The University of Wisconsin System is tightening its hiring as the state faces a huge budget shortfall.
UW System President Kevin Reilly has ordered chancellors who lead the state's universities to approve all new hires on their campuses.
In a memo, Reilly says chancellors should only fill the jobs they consider "most essential to the university's mission at this time."
Gov. Jim Doyle has taken a similar move for state agencies, requiring all hiring decisions to go through his Department of Administration. He exempted the UW System, state courts and the Legislature from that order.
UW System spokesman David Giroux says Reilly's order "is a major change in an organization with over 30,000 employees." Hires in the past were typically approved by department heads.