April 2023 CMU Board of Trustees Agenda Preview

Trustees to discuss ongoing strategic planning and budget efforts

| Author: Ari Harris | Media Contact: Aaron Mills

During this week's formal session of the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees meetings, CMU President Bob Davies will give an update on the university's strategic planning and budgeting initiatives. 

Trustees also will receive updates on a variety of university initiatives, including facilities enhancements, new scholarships and endowments, and the achievements of students, faculty and staff.

Meetings of the Board of Trustees are held in the President’s Conference Room in the Bovee University Center and are open to the public. In-person seating for up to 25 individuals is available in the Lake Superior Room; meetings also are available via livestream.

• Watch Wednesday’s committee meetings beginning at 1:10 p.m.
• Watch the formal session Thursday beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday’s committee meetings will include the following highlights:

  • Policy and Bylaws Committee: Trustees will consider a new traffic control order related to the use and storage of electric scooters on campus.
  • Academic and Student Affairs Committee: James Span, executive director of Student Inclusion and Diversity, will give a presentation on the collaborative efforts underway in the office of Multicultural Academic Student Services. Ben Swarts, faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will showcase his department’s model for required capstone research projects, accompanied by current student Izzy Gaidhane and alumna Amanda Clark. Jennifer DeHaemers, vice president of student recruitment and retention, will provide an enrollment update. 
  • Finance and Facilities Committee: Trustees will receive a budget model update from Joe Garrison, executive director of financial planning and budgets, and Mary Hill, vice president of finance and administrative services. Renee’ Watson, vice president of student affairs, will discuss findings from a student survey regarding housing preferences on campus and next steps for residence hall enhancements.
  • Trustees-Faculty Liaison Committee: Trustees will hear a presentation on the interdisciplinary Disability Studies and Community Inclusion Minor from JoDell Heroux, Shay Dawson, Tanya Domina and Ian Mull, all faculty members from the College of Education and Human Services. 
  • Trustees-Student Liaison Committee: Trustees will hear reports from outgoing Student Government Association and Residence Housing Association leaders, as well as welcome the incoming leadership teams. Trustees will also receive an update from the CMU Program Board student leaders.  
Trustees also will discuss and take action on several items, including approval of spring graduates, granting of emeritus status for faculty and staff, appointments to public charter school boards, and more. 

Individuals wishing to address the board during the formal session Thursday must submit a request to speak in advance of the meeting in one of two ways:

• Visit the Office of the President in Warriner Hall to complete a request card.
• Complete the online “Request to Address the Board” form.

Information about Board of Trustees meetings, including a schedule of meetings and agendas, is available on the CMU Board of Trustees meetings webpage.

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