MSU board roundup

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Sep 09, 2011

EAST LANSING, Mich. — At its Sept. 9 meeting, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees gave the administration the go-ahead to begin planning for a new bioengineering facility, approved the appointment of a new faculty grievance official and accepted this year’s preliminary enrollment report.

The bioengineering facility will house research teams from engineering and biomedical research to promote the development of bio-engineering and engineering health sciences at MSU.

Faculty from the colleges of Engineering, Human Medicine and Natural Science would be the primary occupants of the facility, which would be built on the east side of campus near the Life Sciences Building and the Clinical Center.

The board also approved the appointment of Linda Jackson as the university’s Faculty Grievance Official. A professor of psychology, Jackson’s term was effective Sept. 1.

According to the preliminary report, MSU’s enrollment for the 2011–12 academic year will be approximately 47,800.

Following are other actions the board took at its September meeting:

  • The board authorized the university to begin planning for the construction of the McDonel Hall – River Trail Neighborhood Engagement Center. The center will serve as the hub of activity for the River Trail Neighborhood.
  • Administrative planning for a major steam distribution project on the campus’s north wide was approved by the board. The project will increase the reliability of the steam system around West Circle Drive.