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MSU Board of Trustees to meet on Friday

April 12, 2021
<p> The Hannah Administration Building on Aug. 23, 2019, in East Lansing.  </p>

The Hannah Administration Building on Aug. 23, 2019, in East Lansing.

Photo by Sylvia Jarrus | The State News

The Michigan State Board of Trustees will hold their third meeting of the semester at 8 a.m. Friday via Zoom.

Following a report by President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. and public participation, Interim Vice President Douglas Gage will present the Gift, Grant and Contract Report for the approval the board. This comprises 479 gifts, grants and contracts in addition to 40 consignment/non-cash gifts totaling over $132 million for the period of Jan. 16 through March 19.

In fiscal year 2020-21, gifts, grants, contracts and consignments totaled over $603 million.

Electrical engineering Ph.D. student Sneha Banerjee will give a research presentation on tunneling electrical contacts. According to the College of Engineering website, Banerjee was selected as a Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering (MIPSE) fellow for the 2020-2021 academic year. MIPSE fellows conduct research in the fundamental applications of plasma science engineering the website states.

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Teresa Woodruff will present the personnel actions and information reports. Among these, the appointment of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in the Office of the Vice President for Finance Lisa Frace, Department of Art, Art History and Design professor Tanya Hartman and School of Hospitality Business professor Karthikeyan Namasivayam. Associate professor in the Department of Community Sustainability Quentin Tyler is also up for a tenure appointment.

The Committee on Budget and Finance recommends authorization to lease and fill out space for establishing and operating an Apple Developer Academy in Detroit. On Jan. 13, the university and Apple announced a partnership to launch the first U.S.-based Apple Developer Academy in Detroit, to create accessible spaces for learning and facilitating creative, flexible and high value experiences.

The Committee on Academic Affairs will present recommending the board approve naming the College of Engineering Student Activities Center the William A. Demmer Engineering Center. They also recommend an amendment to the Student Rights and Responsibilities document updating the definition of the word “student” as well as amendments to the Bylaws for Academic Governance.

Reports by the Committee on Audit, Risk and Compliance and the Committee on Student Life and Culture will also be given during the meeting.

Those interested in addressing the board through public participation must fill out a request to address form no later than 48 hours before the meeting.

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