MSU Board of Trustees roundup

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Feb 11, 2011

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State University Board of Trustees addressed a number of issues at its Feb. 11 meeting, including approving the appointment of Mark Burnham as vice president for governmental affairs.

Burnham, who has served as associate vice president for governmental affairs in Washington D.C. since 2006, succeeds Steven Webster who was appointed chairman and CEO of the Lansing-based Prima Civitas Foundation.

Following are other items the board addressed.

The board approved the awarding of a contract to the E.T. Mackenzie Co. for the demolition of Cherry Lane and Faculty Bricks Apartments. The project includes the razing of 40 buildings, site restoration and minor sidewalk repair.

The board approved the awarding of a contract to the Clark Construction Co. for the Bailey Hall and Rather Hall renovation project. The project includes all major mechanical, electrical and ventilation upgrades and replacements.

The board approved the appointment of Douglas Buhler as interim dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He succeeds Jeffrey Armstrong, who recently accepted the position of president of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

The board approved a recommendation to authorize the administration to plan for a Spartan Stadium renovation project that will expand the offices of University Advancement.

The board approved a recommendation that the Department of French, Classics and Italian and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese be merged to form a combined department named the Department of Romance and Classical Studies.