President George Ross to testify in Lansing on behalf of CMU

Chuck Miller/Staff Photographer University President George Ross sits smiling during Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting in the Presidents Conference Room of the UC.

University President George Ross will be traveling to Lansing next week to testify on behalf of Central Michigan University before the Senate Higher Education Committee.

The testimony is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Feb. 13 in the Lake Huron Room of the Union Building at Michigan State University. Ross' testimony will focus on CMU faculty and student achievements, as well as lobbying for the restoration of state funds cut from CMU's budget in 2012.

Additionally, he will be requesting the state make continued investments in higher education.

In addition to Ross' testimony, representatives from University of Michigan and MSU's AgBio Research extension programs will also address the committee.

During the 2011-12 fiscal year, CMU's state appropriations totaled $68.1 million. That number rose to $71.35 million in 2012-13.

Ross announced that he would testify at MSU during the president's report at the Jan. 21 Board of Trustees meeting, and explained that the HEC chairwoman, Tonya Schuitmaker, invited him to testify.

Kathy Wilbur, vice president of Development and External Relations, will be accompanying Ross to Lansing. Wilbur was unable to be reached for comment at press time. She was in Florida working with CMU's Development Board.


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