CMU Board of Trustees to detail progress on presidential search

Trustees also set to tour CMU College of Science and Engineering

| Author: Kevin Essebaggers | Media Contact: Aaron Mills

The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees will hold committee meetings on Wednesday and meet in formal session Thursday on the Mount Pleasant campus.

On Wednesday, the dean of CMU’s College of Science and Engineering, David Ford, will guide Trustees through an on-site tour of CSE’s facilities. Ford will follow the tour with a presentation of the college’s programs and initiatives at Thursday’s meeting.

Also at Thursday’s formal session, CMU President Bob Davies will present a report on the accomplishments of students, faculty and staff since the last meeting of the board. Trustees also will report the progress made in the search for CMU’s next president.

In other board business, Trustees will consider a resolution authorizing the issuance and delivery of general revenue bonds. The proposal aims to produce interest cost savings, a more favorable debt service structure and reduce financial risk.

They also will discuss a proposal to extend the university’s commitment to the Central Michigan University Research Corporation by five years.

Trustees also will consider emeritus rank, a faculty personnel promotion, prospective spring 2024 graduates and an honorary degree recipient; they also will vote on appointments for new members to the CMU Research Corporation board of directors.

Highlights for Wednesday’s committee meetings include:

  • Academic and Student Affairs Committee, 2:00-2:55 p.m. — Rob VanDorin, director of CMU’s Career Development Center, will present on the center’s resources and initiatives. A presentation on student success through Esports at CMU will be given by Luke Theis of CMU Competitive Gaming. Provost Nancy Mathews will present on the topic of transferable skills that support academic freedom and freedom of speech.
  • Finance and Facilities Committee, 3:00-3:45 p.m. — Associate vice president of Facilities Management Jonathan Webb will detail summer campus construction plans. Trustees also will receive a campus safety update from CMU Police Chief Larry Klaus and CMU Police Lt. Mike Sienkiewicz.
  • Trustees-Faculty Liaison Committee, 4:00-4:45 p.m. — Faculty members Tracy Davis and Jonathan Truitt will offer a presentation on the Center for Learning Through Games and Simulation.
  • Trustees-Student Liaison Committee, 5:00-5:45 p.m. — Four student leaders will give updates from their organizations. Tyler Zimmerman, SGA president, and Ryan Biller, SGA vice president, will provide the Student Government Association report; Hadlee Rinn, Program Board president, will report on Program Board activities; and Christian Toney, RHA director, will give the Residence Housing Association report. Newly elected student officers for SGA, Program Board and RHA also will be introduced.

Agendas for the April meetings, including Wednesday’s public committee meetings and the formal session Thursday, are available on the Board of Trustees Agendas and Minutes webpage.

Board of Trustees meetings are open to the university community and members of the public. All meetings will be held in the President’s Conference Room in the Bovee University Center, with seating for up to 25 individuals in the adjoining Lake Superior Room; all meetings are also available via live stream:

Per the Board of Trustees Bylaws, individuals wishing to address the Board of Trustees during the public comment period must submit a request in advance of the formal session in one of two ways:

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