MSU board roundup

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Jun 17, 2011

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Tackling a full agenda, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees approved 2011-12 budget development guidelines and approved the appointment of a new dean of the College of Education at its June 17 meeting in Grand Rapids.

Under the new guidelines, tuition for in-state, resident students will increase by 6.9 percent, 7 percent for all other students. (Read story>>)

The board also approved the appointment of Donald Heller as dean of the College of Education. Heller is currently professor of education and senior scientist at Penn State University, where he has served as director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education since 2007. His appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2012. (Read story>>)

Following are other actions the board took at its meeting, which was held at the Secchia Center in Grand Rapids.

  • The board authorized the administration to proceed with an alteration project at Spartan Stadium. The project remodels office space within the stadium.
  • The board authorized the university to begin planning for the possible demolition of a number of buildings located at the old Michigan State Police post on Harrison Road.
  • The board approved several property transactions, including the purchase of five acres of land in Manistee County and the sale of 2.7 acres of land located in Clinton County.
  • The board also authorized the university to plan for a renovation project on the first floor of the MSU Union. The project would include renovations to the concourse, main lounge, Union Central Store and the food court.