Board of Trustees to discuss fate of Barnes Hall, elect new trustees


The Board of Trustees holds a discussion on Sept. 26 in the President's Conference Room in Bovee University Center.

The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees is set to meet Wednesday and Thursday to discuss advising, the Chippewa Champions Alumni Center and the decommissioning of Barnes Hall.

Committee meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the President’s Conference Room in the Bovee University Center. 

The Academic and Student Affairs Committee will meet from 2-2:50 p.m. Ian Davison, interim senior vice provost of academic affairs, will provide an update on reorganization efforts. Provost Michael Gealt will talk about student support strategies like advising and co-curriculars. Jane Davison, interim dean of the college of science and engineering, will discuss new programs in CSE.

The Finance and Facilities Committee will meet from 3-3:50 p.m. The committee will receive an update on construction of the Center for Integrated Health Studies and the Chippewa Champions Center. One of the action items is to approve improvements to Residence Life facilities. Included in the “improvements” is the decommissioning and deconstruction of Barnes Hall.

The Trustees-Faculty Liaison Committee meeting at 4 p.m. will include a “Point of Pride” presentation from Steve Tracy about the CMU SAP University Alliance Program

The Trustees-Student Liaison Committee at 5 p.m. will include updates from Student Government Association President Jake Hendricks, Program Board President Galen Miller and Residence Hall Assembly Director Mary St. John.

The formal meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 in the President’s Conference Room. The formal meeting will include a presentation about Proposal 1: the 2018 ballot proposal to legalize marijuana. The board will also vote to decommission Barnes Hall.

This will be the last meeting for Trustees Bill Kanine and Patricia Mooradian, whose terms expire this month. Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Edward Plawecki and Todd Anson to replace them.

Public seating will be available in the Lake Superior Room, adjacent to the President’s Conference Room on the third floor of the Bovee University Center.