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What to expect at Friday's Board of Trustees meeting

June 23, 2022
<p>Michigan State President Samuel L. Stanley commenting on research presentation. The Michigan State University Board of Trustees met in the Hannah Administration Building on April 22, 2022.</p>

Michigan State President Samuel L. Stanley commenting on research presentation. The Michigan State University Board of Trustees met in the Hannah Administration Building on April 22, 2022.

Photo by Jared Osborne | The State News

The Board of Trustees plans to meet this Friday, June 24, at 8 a.m. in room 401 of the Hannah Administration Building.

A remote live stream will be available on the trustees' website for those wishing to tune in.

Campus changes

The committee on budget and finance will ask the board to approve four items pertaining to campus changes.

One of the authorizations is proceeding with Phase II of the renovation and addition to the football building, including locker room and weight room concepts. The budget is $67 million which will be funded from “gifts to Intercollegiate Athletics with debt financing to bridge cash flow as needed,” according to the memorandum.

Another item is a zoning variance to permit an entrance canopy addition to Office #3 of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.

Two other items include authorizations to plan an Engineering and Digital Innovation Building and a Plant and Environmental Science Building.

Academic updates

The board will be asked to approve revisions to Policy 04-17-07, the emeritus title policy. The proposed revisions change the process of granting retirees' emeritum status to a more rigorous process requiring recommendation and approval, as well as enhance the current process for revoking emeritum status.

The revisions also change the term “emeritus” to “emeritum,” a gender-neutral term, while still permitting faculty and academic staff to use a gendered term to describe themselves. They will also distinguish emeritum status between faculty/academic staff, administrators and executive managers.

Provost Teresa Woodruff will present personnel actions including six faculty appointments with tenure and five other appointments.

Finances

The committee on budget and finance will also ask the board to approve two more items. The first is a fund functioning as an endowment for a scholarship: the Katherine B. and Floyd W. Miles Endowed Scholarship for Medical Education. The second is an operating budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year and tuition and fee rates for the 2022-23 academic year.

Vice President Douglas A. Gage will ask the board to approve a gift, grant and contract report for March 24, to May 27. The report displays a total of 494 gifts, grants and contracts and 40 consignment/non-cash gifts totaling $124,731,554.

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