WMU News

New trustee to be sworn in before March 22 meeting

March 20, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- New Western Michigan University Trustee James P. Holden will be sworn in Friday, March 22, just before joining his fellow trustees to elect board officers for the current year.

Holden will attend his first full meeting of the WMU Board of Trustees when it convenes at 2:45 p.m. in the Connable Board Room of the Bernhard Center. The March meeting is designated as the board's formal annual meeting and will include election of officers for 2002.

Holden, a Bloomfield Hills, Mich., resident and a 1973 alumnus of WMU, was appointed to the University's governing board last month by Gov. John Engler. He will be sworn in by Kalamazoo County Circuit Court Judge William G. Schma in a ceremony set for 11:15 a.m. in the President's Dining Room in the Bernhard Center.

In addition to officer elections, agenda items for the WMU Board of Trustees' meeting include: consideration of amendments to the Western Student Association's constitution as well as changes to the University's research misconduct policy; consideration of proposed leases for space on University-owned commercial property and for commercial use of WMU communication towers; and a second public hearing on the University's proposal to swear in its own public safety officers, rather than have them sworn in by the Kalamazoo Sheriff's Department.

The board also will hear reports from the administration regarding the 2002-03 budget outlook and the governor's tuition restraint initiative. In addition, trustees will receive information on a student parking fee proposal for the coming year. The board is not expected to take formal action on those topics at the meeting.

The meeting of the full board of trustees will be preceded by meetings of the board's two standing committees in Room 204 of the Bernhard Center. The Academic and Student Affairs Committee will meet at 1:15 p.m., while the Budget and Finance Committee meeting is slated for 1:30 p.m.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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