The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees approved 2021 committee assignments and charges at a special meeting this afternoon. The board also supported a resolution authorizing a loan of up to $10 million to the NMU Foundation, on an as-needed basis, so that it is better positioned to support capital projects that benefit NMU and are consistent with previously approved master plans.
Board Chair-elect Tami Seavoy will serve as chair of the Executive Committee. She will be joined by Vice Chair-elect Steve Young, Alexis Hart, Robert Mahaney and NMU President Fritz Erickson.
The Academic Affairs Committee will be composed of Hart as chair, Lisa Fittante and a third member pending the governor's appointment of new trustees to fill two vacancies created by terms that expire Dec. 31.
Finance Committee members include Robert Mahaney as chair, along with Donna Murray-Brown and Hart. The Extended Learning and Community Engagement committee will be chaired by Young, with trustee Murray-Brown and one other appointment pending the governor's additions to the board.
The board also approved Seavoy's appointments to the following three Ad Hoc committees that will meet on an as-needed basis: Policy Review, chaired by Hart, with Fittante and a third pending appointment; External Partnerships, chaired by Mahaney and including Young; and Recruitment and Retention, chaired by Young, with Fittante and one other appointment pending the governor's additions to the board.
Mahaney and Young will serve as board liaisons to the NMU Foundation.
The action on the NMU Foundation loan resolution is provisional until the resources are required. Any potential projects will fall within the goals and objectives of the university's 2019 Campus Master Plan and Five-Year Facilities Master Plan.