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Trustees to hold first meetings of 2022 this week

Washington Commons project, personnel items on the agenda

| Author: Ari Harris | Media Contact: Aaron Mills
The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees will consider a proposal to begin the design phase of the Washington Commons residential community project when they hold their first meeting of 2022 this week. 

During the formal session, which begins Thursday at 11 a.m., trustees also will discuss and take action on other items, including:
  • Room and board rates for the 2022-23 academic year.
  • Approval of faculty tenure and promotion actions, as well as approval of emeritus rank for 14 CMU faculty and staff members. 
  • Authorization to engage the university’s external audit firm.
  • Establishment of a Board of Trustees Health Care Special Committee for calendar year 2022.
In addition, the trustees will receive an update from the Presidential Assessment Committee. 

The formal session is open to the university community and general public via livestream using this link. In-person seating for up to 25 individuals will be available in the President’s Conference Room in the Bovee University Center.

Several Board of Trustees committees also meet this week. Highlights of the Wednesday committee agendas include:
  • Academic and Student Affairs, 1:15-2:15 p.m. — Interim Provost Richard Rothaus will provide an update on several academic initiatives, and Interim Associate Vice President Shaun Holtgreive will provide an update on various student affairs activities.
  • Finance and Facilities, 2:30-3:30 p.m. — Nick Long, vice president and chief financial officer, will provide an update on the budget model review process and the proposed Washington Commons residential project. Jennifer Cotter, executive director of development, will present advancement-related agenda items.
  • Trustees-Faculty Liaison, 3:45-4:45 p.m.  — Dr. Katie Squires, faculty member in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program, will discuss the Structured Language and Literacy Intervention Graduate Certificate, which was developed through a partnership between The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Sciences and the College of Education and Human Services’ Teacher and Professional Development program. Faculty members Will Anderson, from Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, and Michelle Steinhilb, from Biology, will provide trustees with a glimpse into a day in the life of a CMU faculty member. 
  • Trustees-Student Liaison, 5-6 p.m. — Student leaders will discuss the CMU Student Food Pantry and financial wellness programs. Student Government Association President Kate King will provide an update on campus life.
Wednesday’s committee meetings also are open to the university and general public via livestream at this link or in person in the President’s Conference Room. 

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

In accordance with the Board of Trustees bylaws, public comment will be allowed for Thursday's formal session by submitting a request online or contacting the Office of the President