WMU Board of Trustees

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Continuous improvement is the goal of a five-year “road map” approved by Western Michigan University’s trustees on Wednesday. The plan covers points from bolstering Western’s doctoral programs to keeping the public posted on the university’s progress on sustainability.

It’s an update to a long-term strategy the university laid out several years ago.Western says the new version makes it easier to measure progress on its goals, as it includes objectives the university can use as yardsticks.

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Western Michigan University’s Board of Trustees has shuffled its top leadership posts. Members elected Trustee Kenneth Miller as the Board's 2016 chair on Thursday at the trustees' first meeting of the year. Miller previously served as vice chair.


Western Michigan University President John Dunn says different religious beliefs should be respected. Dunn sent a campus-wide e-mail this week to respond to what he called the “current political climate in our nation.” He says Western has a long history of welcoming students from all over the world. 

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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.