The Board of Trustees meets this week. Here’s what you need to know.

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The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees will meet Thursday for the first time this year, and there are several items of note on the agenda.

Chief among them is a vote on a new $10.8-million addition and renovation to Grawn Hall. The addition, which the university has already spent $200,000 on for planning, would create a new entryway and lecture spaces, according to a university press release.

If approved, this would be the second renovation for Grawn Hall in three years. The building, which houses the College of Business Administration and is the oldest on campus, received a partial renovation in 2013 at a cost of $562,000.

The board will also vote on new collective bargaining agreements with the Union of Teaching Faculty, which represents fixed-term faculty, and the Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council, which represents four sergeants in the CMU Police Department.

It will also vote on granting tenure to 22 faculty members.

The board meets at 8:30 a.m. in the President’s Conference Room on the top floor of the Bovee University Center. The public may attend and ask questions of the board during

CMED, hotel and Biosciences Building construction

The board’s Finance and Facilities Committee will meet Wednesday in the President’s Conference Room at 3:10 p.m. In addition to discussing the Grawn addition and other items, the committee will hear updates on the construction progress of the $15-million hotel being built adjacent to Kelly/Shorts Stadium, the $37-million College of Medicine facilities in Saginaw and the $95-million Biosciences Building being constructed across from the Education and Human Services Building.

Those four projects, should the Grawn addition be approved, will combine to cost the university an estimated $158 million over the next several years.

Three other committees — Academic and Student Affairs (2:10 p.m.), Trustee-Student Liaison (4:15 p.m.) and Trustee-Faculty Liaison (5 p.m.) — will also meet on Wednesday in the UC.

Other news and notes

  • This will be the first board meeting for the newly-appointed Rich Studley, the president and CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is a conservative-leaning lobbying group that represents businesses statewide.
  • The Academic and Student Affairs Committee will discuss the state of online programs and courses at CMU at its Wednesday meeting.
  • The Student Government Association will propose an update to the Campus Programming Fund at the Trustee-Student Liaison meeting on Wednesday. The fund provides registered student organizations money to bring in events and speakers, but, as of 2014, it has maintained an $800,000 budget every year since 2001. Adjusting for inflation, that means the fund has lost more than $200,000 in purchasing power since then.

Check with CMU Insider this week for analysis and reaction to the Board of Trustees and committee meetings.


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