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CMU trustees to discuss university priorities and initiatives this week

Financial statements, fall enrollment, strategic planning also on agenda

Contact: Heather Smith

​The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees will review 2016-17 university priorities and initiatives when they meet Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the President's Conference Room of the Bovee University Center.

President George E. Ross will lead the discussion with a report on the progress of university priorities and initiatives from the past academic year. He will highlight activity on student success, research and creative endeavors, quality faculty and staff, community partnerships, and infrastructure stewardship.

The agenda also includes a presentation on the Enterprise Risk Committee by co-chairs Provost Michael Gealt and Barrie Wilkes, vice president for finance and administrative services. Ross created the committee in May to oversee, guide and coordinate universitywide efforts to identify, manage and mitigate institutional risks, especially those that cross units and divisions. 

Plante Moran, the university's external audit firm, also will present to the trustees regarding CMU's 2015-16 financial statements.

In addition, the following committee meetings will be open to the university community and the general public on Wednesday in the President's Conference Room. Besides reviewing items from the formal agenda, highlights of other discussion include:

  • Academic and Student Affairs – 2 to 2:45 p.m. — Provost Gealt and Claudia Douglass, vice provost for academic effectiveness, will present on the Academic Planning Council, and an update on fall enrollment will be presented by Steven Johnson, vice president of enrollment and student services.
  • Policy and Bylaws – 2:45 to 3 p.m. — Two policy revisions will be reviewed.
  • Finance and Facilities – 3 to 3:45 p.m. — An amended 2016-17 operating budget will be discussed.
  • Trustees-Faculty Liaison – 4 to 5 p.m. —Provost Gealt and Academic Senate Chair Melinda Kreth, associate professor of English, will present on strategic planning. The progress of the Online Academic Program Committee will be presented by OAPC 2.0 co-chairs Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, and David Patton, interim associate vice president for enrollment management.
  • Trustees-Student Liaison – 5 to 6 p.m. — An update on a proposed Gender Equity Center will be provided.

Agendas for the September meetings and a schedule of committee meetings are available on the Board of Trustees' website.

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