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Board of Trustees to hold second meeting of the semester Oct. 29

October 26, 2021

The second Michigan State Board of Trustees meeting of the semester is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 29 at 8 a.m. in room 401 of the Hannah Administration Building.

A livestream is available to those who are unable to attend the meeting in-person. 

Members of the public will have the opportunity to address the board during the meeting. Requests to address the board must be submitted 48 hours prior to the start of the meeting.

Friday’s meeting will begin with a call to order and the approval of the proposed agenda and minutes. Public comments will then take place before President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. gives his report. 

College of Music Professor Michael Dease will give a research presentation titled “Give It All You Got,” which, according to his biography on the college of music website, features music centered “on themes of devotion to the past and future of the jazz lineage.”

Following Dease’s presentation, Provost Teresa Woodruff will give the personnel actions and information reports, including the approval of faculty salary changes to Department of Entomology Professor Hannah J. Burrack and Assistant Vice President for Student Rights and Responsibilities and Dean of Students Anthony T. Williams Jr.

Woodruff will also request approval of a title change for senior vice president Vennie G. Gore to become the vice president of the new Student Life and Engagement division, which came from the merge of the Student Affairs and Services Residential and Hospitality Services divisions.

Next on the agenda is the budget and finance committee report. The committee consists of trustees Melanie Foster, Dianne Byrum, Pat O’Keefe and Dan Kelly.

Chief financial officer and senior vice president Lisa France will recommend the Board of Trustees establish a fund functioning as an endowment to provide support for Summer Circle Theatre.  

Additionally, Stanley will ask the budget and finance committee to adopt the University's State of Michigan SFY2023 Capital Outlay Request for cost participation for “Greenhouses – Renovation of Existing and Addition – Research Expansion and Learning.” He will ask the same for the Five-Year Capital Outlay Plan, intended to help state policymakers stay up to date on institutional priorities and needs.

Vice President for Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, Daniel Bollman, will ask the budget and finance committee to authorize a plan to make renovations to the East Wing of MSU’s Main Library. This project is supposed to preserve MSU Special Collections.

Following budget and finance, the academic affairs committee, consisting of Trustees Byrum, Renee Knake Jefferson, Kelly Tebay and Rema Vassar will give its report.

The audit, risk and compliance committee consisting of Trustees Kelly, Knake Jefferson, O'Keefe and Brianna Scott will be asked to approve audited financial statements and numerous contract terms, and give public notice to negotiate contracts with Akeila Bio, LLC.

The meeting will end with the student life and culture committee — consisting of Trustees Scott, Foster, Tebay and Vassar — report, the liaisons’ report, chairperson’s report and trustees’ comments.


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