BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The head of the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Vermont has resigned his chairmanship after cuts at the department.

The Burlington Free Press reports that the school's College of Arts and Science has canceled 12 spring courses — half of them in music and dance. The college faces a nearly $4 million budget shortfall.

The music and dance department's former chairman, D. Thomas Toner, remains a professor at the school, but said he didn't want to be part of the cuts.

William Falls, dean of the College of Arts and Science, says no department was specifically targeted, but music and dance saw more cuts because of their reliance on part-time faculty.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com