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Forum focuses on WMU future, state relations, financing

April 19, 2007

KALAMAZOO--A Friday, April 20, forum will bring together a high-level panel of administrators and a state policy expert to focus on the future of Western Michigan University and its ability to attract state funding.

"A Forum on the Future of the University: WMU Financing and State Relations" is set for 3 to 5 p.m. in Schneider Hall's Brown Auditorium. The free public event will focus on the impact of Michigan's economy on the state budget over the next three to five years; how Michigan's revenues and expenditures may affect higher education; and what options state universities have to deal with the coming fiscal challenges.

Sponsored by the Western Association of Retired Faculty, the event will feature a four-person panel moderated by Dr. Peter Kobrak, professor emeritus of public administration. Panelists are:

Robert Beam, WMU vice president for business and finance;

Tom Clay, director of state affairs for the Citizens Research Council of Michigan

Dr. Jon Neill, professor of economics and chief negotiator for the WMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors; and

Greg Rosine, WMU's senior vice president for advancement and legislative affairs.

The event is cosponsored by the WMU Emeriti Council and Friends of WMU. Free parking is available in the Fetzer Center parking lot.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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