Xavier University is laying off 31 employees and eliminating 20 additional, currently vacant positions in order to help balance its budget. University president Father Michael Graham announced the elimination of the 51 positions in a Tuesday email to the Xavier community. “Eliminating their positions to better secure our strategic future was a tough decision, one that I own,” Graham wrote. “I am sure that some will question whether we have compromised the Jesuit identity of Xavier University because the principle of cura personalis, the care of the person, is so very central to that tradition. I confess that I have pondered that myself. And yet, the Jesuit tradition has always sought to balance cura personalis with cura apostolica, the care and continuation of the work. It was in that balance that I made these difficult decisions.” Graham wrote in a May 30 letter that they layoffs would save $800,000 in fiscal year 2014 alone, which began July 1. The layoffs are part of $4 million in permanent cuts to the university’s budget, which will result in a balanced budget for the next year.