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Vote on new president tops board agenda

April 26, 2007

KALAMAZOO--The selection of Western Michigan University's eighth president is at the top of the agenda for the Friday, April 27, meeting of the University's Board of Trustees, which is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. in the West Ballroom of the Bernhard Center.

Earlier this month, the University narrowed its list of candidates to one finalist, Dr. John M. Dunn, interim chancellor of the University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale. A delegation of three WMU trustees then traveled to the SIU campus for additional fact-finding and to begin contract talks.

The vote on Dunn's appointment is set for the beginning of the board's public session and should occur shortly after 11:30 a.m.

After the vote, trustees will consider a number of other items on the agenda, including room and board rates for fall 2007, a veterans tuition plan, approval of a contract with WMU's new Teaching Assistant Union, a recommendation to rename the School of Art and approval of an honorary degree. The board also will consider emergency communication policy issues and a number of academic program changes being brought to the board for approval.

Also at the meeting, trustees will receive reports on a variety of topics, including recent gifts, grants and personnel moves.

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

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