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CMU trustees to weigh extension of in-state tuition rates across U.S.

Board also will appoint presidential search advisory committee

Contact: Heather Smith

​Central Michigan University trustees will meet in formal session at 8:30 a.m. Thursday to consider extending in-state tuition rates to students throughout the United States. They also will appoint a 13-member search advisory committee to support the search for CMU's 15th president.

A proposal to extend in-state undergraduate, graduate and doctoral tuition rates to U.S. residents is designed to streamline admissions processes and increase CMU's ability to recruit beyond state borders. 

In moving forward with its presidential search, trustees expect to appoint a search advisory committee and finalize its charge. The search is to appoint a successor to George E. Ross, who announced his decision on Jan. 22 to step down from CMU's presidency later this summer.

Trustees also will consider:

  • A request to grant tenure to 21 faculty members.
  • A request to complete the replacement of the 1,250-ton absorption chiller in CMU's Central Energy Facility.
  • A motion to authorize the president to ratify and sign a collective bargaining agreement for 2018-19 and beyond with the Central Michigan Command Officers Association.
  • Authorization to charter two new public school academies in Detroit.

The formal session will take place in the President's Conference Room of the Bovee University Center. The following committee meetings on Wednesday will be open to the university community and general public and also occur in the President's Conference Room. Along with reviewing items from the formal agenda, highlights of the committee meetings include:

  • Academic and Student Affairs  2 to 2:45 p.m. — Provost Michael Gealt and Ian Davison, senior vice provost for the academic reorganization initiative, will provide an update on the organizational review. Chuck Crespy, dean of the College of Business Administration, will                                            present a report on the college, followed by a discussion of highlights of the revised Strategic Enrollment Management Plan by Steven Johnson, vice president for Enrollment and Student Services.
  • Finance and Facilities  3 to 3:45 p.m. — Jonathan Webb, associate vice president for facilities management, will provide an overview of a residence life project on the south end of campus currently under discussion. Barrie Wilkes, vice president for finance and administrative services, will present a budget-to-actual update.
  • Trustees-Faculty Liaison  4 to 5 p.m. — Faculty member Joanne Dannenhoffer will give a presentation about her work in biology. Committee members will discuss the allocation of resources for academic programs, and faculty member Mary Senter will discuss the program review process.
  • Trustees-Student Liaison  5 to 6 p.m. — A presentation on Student Aggression Peer Advocates — or SAPA — will be given by Brooke Oliver-Hempenstall, the organization's director. Updates from the Student Government Association, Residence Hall Assembly and Program Board also will be presented.

Agendas for the February meetings are available on the Board of Trustees' website.

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