MSU Board of Trustees roundup

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Oct 25, 2013

Michigan State University has announced plans to open a new research institute in Midland, Mich., focusing on value chain creation and management and tackling many of today’s grand challenges in business.

Plans for the institute were announced at the Oct. 25 MSU Board of Trustees meeting.

Value chain refers to the effective management of processes related to product innovation, design, sourcing, procurement, manufacturing, packaging, transportation, inventory management, warehousing, marketing, customer services, and returns and repairs.

Through its institute, MSU will conduct research as well as offer graduate studies in value chain management. The institute also will offer nondegree courses and certificate programs on-site and online.

See story here.

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

The board authorized the administration to proceed with a renovation project to Chittenden Hall, work that includes interior design, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, electrical and life safety systems. Once completed, the facility would house the MSU Graduate School.

Authorization to proceed with the building of a new practice field for the Spartan Marching Band was approved. To be located on the southeast corner of Munn Field, the field will include construction of a regulation-sized, artificial turf football field.

The board authorized the university to proceed with a north campus steam tunnel replacement project. The work would be centered along West Circle Drive from Auditorium Road to the intersection with East Circle Drive. Construction would begin in November with completion in August 2014.