WMU News

Trustees announce meeting dates, approve revised bylaws

Dec. 16, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees has approved board meetings for the next calendar year. Acting at its Dec. 13 meeting, trustees scheduled meetings for 2003 on Jan. 24, March 14, May 9, July 18, Sept. 12 and Dec. 12. All meetings are on Fridays and usually take place in the Connable Board Room in the Bernhard Center.

In other action, the trustees approved a set of revised bylaws to govern the board's operations. Changes incorporated in the revised bylaws reflect changes in state law. The changes make the bylaws consistent with changes in the language of the Michigan constitution and in keeping with recent decisions by the Michigan Supreme Court.

The revisions allow changes that include: establishing the concept of both formal board sessions that will include active public engagement and for which notice will be given to the press; establishing the concept of informal board sessions in which board members consult with each other; introducing board conference call meetings as part of the board protocol, allowing formal sessions to be conducted using electronic means; and allowing the board to establish and disband committees as needed without revising the bylaws each time such a need is identified.

Media contact: Matt Kurz, 269 387-8400, matt.kurz@wmich.edu

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