MSU Board of Trustees roundup

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Dec 14, 2012

At the Dec. 14 meeting of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees, President Lou Anna K. Simon announced that she will donate a retention bonus she is scheduled to receive next month back to the university and other charitable causes.

In recognition of her continued service to MSU, the board voted to give her the $100,000 bonus on Jan. 31, 2013, provided she continues to serve as president through Dec. 31, 2012.

In addition, for each calendar year that she provides continuing service through Dec. 31, she will receive a retention bonus no later than Jan. 31 of the following year.

Simon and her husband, Roy, who is director of MSU Telecommunications Systems, are members of MSU’s Clifton R. Wharton Donor Recognition Society. The Simons’ current cash gifts to MSU, including gifts committed through March 2013, exceed $1 million.

In other action, the board approved the appointments of three vice presidents as part of the restructuring of the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Operation. In addition to the three appointments, the president will appoint at a later date an executive vice president for administrative services.

The restructuring occurred because Vice President Fred Poston is stepping down Jan. 1 to become dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The three new vice president appointments are:

Mark Haas, associate vice president for finance and chief financial officer, will be vice president for finance and treasurer.

Vennie Gore, assistant vice president for residential and hospitality services, will be vice president for auxiliary enterprises.

Ronald Flinn, assistant vice president for physical plant, will serve as vice president for strategic infrastructure planning and facilities.

All appointments are effective Jan. 1, 2013.

In addition, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kim Wilcox’s new title will be provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, effective immediately.

In other actions, the university was authorized to begin planning additional preparation for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams project. Under the adopted resolution, the university will begin planning for the construction of a concrete-encased electrical duct bank that will be capable of transmitting up to 25 megawatts of electrical power and have spare capacity for future campus needs. The project is necessary for the delivery of power to the FRIB facility.

The board also authorized the university to begin work on the new North Neighborhood Engagement Center and Multicultural Center in the MSU Union.

The university was given the go-ahead to begin a series of energy conservation measures at Anthony Hall. The work, which is part of the Better Buildings Challenge, includes the installation of more efficient laboratory ventilation systems, and conversion to direct digital climate controls.

The board authorized the university to plan for two renovation projects at the former Michigan State Police post. The work includes interior renovations to a warehouse building, as well as modifications to one of the site’s office buildings.