Board agenda includes president’s year-end report

COVID-19 update, August graduates also on agenda

| Author: Heather Smith

Central Michigan University President Bob Davies will present his 2019-20 year-end report to the Board of Trustees when it meets Thursday starting at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be available via livestream to the university community and the general public.

The presentation also will include a discussion on the 2020-21 university strategies and initiatives.

An update on CMU's fall semester while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic will be presented by several university leaders. The discussion will include updates on health, academics, student affairs, communications and more.

Trustees also will consider approval of more than 750 August graduates and will hear a presentation from Plante Moran, the university's external audit firm, regarding CMU's 2019-20 financial statements.

Consideration of a new campus dining contract also is on the agenda. CMU conducted a competitive process to identify and select a dining services vendor. The selected vendor will manage and supervise the Dining Services operations on the university's campus.

In addition, the following committee meetings will be available via livestream to the university community and the general public on Wednesday. Along with reviewing several items that will be on Thursday's formal agenda, highlights of the committee meetings include:

  • Enterprise Risk, 1-1:50 p.m. — Trustees will discuss an update of the enterprise risk matrix and other areas of institutional risk.
  • Academic and Student Affairs, 2-3 p.m. — An update on enrollment will be provided by Jennifer DeHaemers, vice president for recruitment and retention, and Tony Voisin, associate vice president for student services. Trustees also will receive an update on academic response to COVID-19 and academic prioritization from Mary C. Schutten, executive vice president and provost.
  • Finance and Facilities, 3:05-4:05 p.m. — Trustees will receive a presentation from NEPC Investment Consultants. In addition, a budget update will be presented by Nick Long, vice president for finance and administrative services, and an update on campus summer projects will be presented by Jonathan Webb, associate vice president for facilities management. The two also will provide an update on construction of the Chippewa Champions Center.
  • Trustees-Faculty Liaison, 4:10-5 p.m. — A discussion of the strengths and challenges of teaching HyFlex will be presented by Lisa Gandy, chairperson of the computer science department, and Tracy Galarowicz, a biology faculty member.
  • Trustees-Student Liaison, 5:10-6 p.m. — Student Government Association President Katie Prebelich will present campus life updates, followed by a presentation of the Student Government Association President's Report by Prebelich; Brett John Houle, SGA vice president and Program Board president; and Kevin Bautista-Macilla, SGA director of equity and inclusion. In addition, Houle will present the Program Board President's Report, and Rachel Border, director of the Residence Housing Association, will update trustees on RHA fall semester efforts.

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

The formal session, as well as the committee meetings on Wednesday listed above, are open to the university community and general public virtually through the following links:

  • Committee meetings — Wednesday.
  • Formal session — Thursday.

In accordance with the Board of Trustees Bylaws, public comment will be allowed for Thursday's formal session by submitting a request online or to and providing comments in advance to be read at the meeting. Given the virtual format, public comment will not be delivered in person for this meeting.

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