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CMU trustees to consider new Master of Public Health degree

Lacrosse/soccer field, deferred maintenance, Lodgco hotel round out agenda

Contact: CMU News

​​The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees will meet next Tuesday to act on a resolution establishing a Master of Public Health degree.

The MPH is recognized as the flagship degree in public health and is designed to train public health care workers to address new and emerging health issues, particularly in rural and medically underserved areas.

Michael Gealt, executive vice president and provost, say areas of study will include epidemiology, environmental health, rural health, public health leadership, program planning, evaluation, and health policy and management. Graduates of the program will move on to careers as public health specialists or as health services managers.

If approved by the trustees, CMU will become the third university in the state to offer the MPH, joining the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

Trustees also will consider a resolution recommending construction of an $8 million lacrosse/soccer field and student recreation facility and a $5.7 million budget for deferred maintenance.

Trustees approved the addition of women’s lacrosse and golf in December 2012 as recommended by the university’s Gender Equity Committee. The additional sports ensure the continuation of CMU’s long-standing compliance with Title IX, which provides for equitable athletics participation and educational opportunities for men and women.

Plans call for construction of a lighted synthetic turf field to be used by the lacrosse and soccer teams as well as CMU’s recreation club teams. An adjacent building would be built to house locker rooms, restrooms, concessions, coaching offices and a training room.

The deferred maintenance funds will be used for repair and upkeep of campus buildings and roads, roof replacement, exterior lighting and other projects.

Steve Lawrence, associate vice president for facilities management, will update trustees on construction of a private hotel by Lodgco on CMU property. Lawrence says the developer will begin site preparation and construction on Dec. 12 with the facility targeted for completion in March 2016.

Lodgco is leasing land adjacent to Kelly/Shorts Stadium to build a Courtyard by Marriot hotel for $170,000 annual rent for the first 30 years of the lease and $200,000 per year after that. The new hotel will provide academic opportunities and internships for students in CMU’s hospitality administration services program.

Other items to come before the CMU trustees for discussion include:

  • A review of President Ross’ compensation; and
  • Election of board officers for 2015.

The Tuesday, Dec. 9, meeting in the President’s Conference Room of the Bovee University Center begins at 9 a.m. and is open to the public.

In addition to the formal session on Tuesday, the following committee meetings will be open to the university community and the general public on Monday, Dec. 8, in the President’s Conference Room of the Bovee University Center:

                        Academic and Student Affairs            3-3:50 p.m.

                        Finance and Facilities                         4-4:50 p.m.

                        Trustees-Faculty Liaison                    5-6 p.m.

                        Trustees-Student Liaison                   6-7 p.m.

The agenda for the December meeting is posted online.

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