WMU Board of Trustees

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At their last meeting of the year, Western Michigan University’s trustees pledged their support to students of Miller College, approved a rate increase for university apartments and appointed a new secretary. Longtime Board secretary Betty Kocher is retiring after 42 years with the university.

The Board recognized Kocher’s service in a proclamation Tuesday.

Highlights from the Board Meeting:

Miller College

Western Michigan University’s trustees have approved a plan to buy an off-campus building so the university can expand its autism center, among other business at a special meeting Friday.

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The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees has a approved a tuition increase of 3.2 percent for the next academic year. Had it raised tuition any higher, it would have risked losing state funding.

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Though it wasn’t on the agenda, the environment became a major theme at the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees’ meeting Wednesday. The Board heard from the public on two separate issues, fossil fuel divestment and plans to develop land that Western owns in southwest Kalamazoo.

KALAMAZOO, MI — The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees will consider approving tuition rates and an operating budget Wednesday. Trustees will meet at 11 a.m. in Rooms 157-159 of the Bernhard Center. (Kalamazoo Gazette)