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Board of Trustees to hold first in-person meeting of semester

September 7, 2021
<p>The Hannah Administration Building on Sept. 20, 2020.</p>

The Hannah Administration Building on Sept. 20, 2020.

Photo by Lauren Snyder | The State News

The Board of Trustees is holding its first in-person meeting of the semester this Friday, Sept. 10 at 8 a.m. in the Hannah Administration Building. 

The meeting is open to the public to view here. Participants can request to address the Board no later than 48 hours before the meeting start time.

According to the agenda published on the trustee’s website, Vice President Douglas A. Gage will present the Gift, Grant, and Contract Report from May 26 through Aug. 17. The report includes 627 gifts, grants and contracts with 60 consignment or non-cash gifts to make a total of $186,658,208 donated to the university.

Epidemiology and biostatistics professor Honglei Chen will be presenting research called “My Sense of Smell, Who Cares!” Chen has a special research interest in the health implications of poor olfaction in older adults, likely the topic of his presentation.

Provost Teresa Woodruff will present appointments of personnel actions to be approved by the board, including salaries of professors and staff and title changes.

The budget and finance committee consists of trustee members Melanie Foster, Dianne Byrum, Dan Kelly and Pat O’Keefe. 

Chief financial officer and senior vice president Lisa France will ask the board to approve $50,000 in funding for the Judith A. Harold Ph.D. Scholarship Fund and $1,000,000 for the Nicholas J. Labedz Scholarship Fund.

Daniel Bollman, vice president for infrastructure planning and facilities, also wishes to authorize two plans for MSU’s campus. The first is a multicultural center with spaces for meetings and activities, and the other is an addition and renovation to the football complex.

President Samuel L. Stanley will ask the academic affairs committee to consider revisions to Ordinance 29.00 and Policy 02-09-04 involving smoking and tobacco use. He wishes to include an amendment to allow traditional Native American spiritual, ceremonial and cultural use of tobacco. He also adds instructions for safe and appropriate use for Native American people on university property.

The academic affairs committee, made up of trustees Byrum, Renee Knake Jefferson, Kelly Tebay and Rema Vassar, will ask the entire board to approve revisions to Policy 01-01-08, which is about Trustee Emeritus, a status given to any previous trustee member. 

The audit, risk and compliance committee, comprised of trustees Kelly, Knake, O'Keefe and Brianna Scott, will be asked to approve contract terms from Mid-Michigan Research LLC and MAI Therapeutics, Inc.

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