MSU Board of Trustees roundup

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Dec 09, 2011

EAST LANSING, Mich. — At its Dec. 9 meeting, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees gave the administration the go-ahead to plan for or proceed on a number of campus improvement projects, including the replacement of aging steam tunnels on north campus and replacement of the scoreboards and sound system in Spartan Stadium.

The steam tunnel replacement is part of a larger project to replace aging and deteriorating steam tunnels on Circle Drive. This phase of the project will replace the tunnels from the Intramural Circle Building to the Library.

The Spartan Stadium scoreboards and sound system were installed in 1998. They are being replaced because the technology has become outdated and more difficult to service, as parts are no longer being manufactured. The project is expected to be funded by Intercollegiate Athletics.

The board gave its approval to naming and construction of the entrance to the Old College Field area Pentecost Plaza. The naming is in honor of a $2 million pledge from the Joe D. Pentecost Foundation.

For the fourth year in a row, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon turned down the offer of a salary increase. Her annual salary remains $520,000.

Simon and her husband, Roy, who is director of MSU Telecommunications Systems, have a long history of generosity to the university. Since Lou Anna Simon became president in 2005, their annual giving from net income, of cash or current gifts, has totaled more than $700,000. That includes a recent $50,000 donation to the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.

The Simons are members of MSU's Clifton R. Wharton Donor Recognition Society, which honors donors of more than $2.5 million.

Following are other actions taken by the board at its December meeting.

  • The board accepted the 2011Campus Master Plan update. The plan provides a flexible framework for guiding the physical organization of the campus. It is updated every five years to address changing land-use needs and regulatory requirements.
  • The board approved the appointment of Rahul Shrivastav as a tenured professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Shrivastav also will serve as chairperson of the department.
  • The appointment of John Revitte as interim faculty grievance official was approved by the board. A professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Revitte succeeds Linda Jackson, who is returning to research and teaching.
  • Eight students were honored with the Board of Trustees' Scholarship Award. The award is granted at each commencement to graduating seniors having the highest cumulative grade-point average at the close of the semester prior to graduation.