December 8, 2008

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BGSU continues progress in face of hardship, trustees hear

While the University’s investment picture “hasn’t been pretty,” according to Michael Marsh in a report to his fellow trustees Dec. 5, and Interim President Carol Cartwright related a “grim” economic scenario following her meeting with other Ohio university presidents and Gov. Ted Strickland the previous day, BGSU continues to move forward with many initiatives, the trustees heard.

Board president John Harbal encouraged the campus community to face the current uncertain times as a family, with cooperation and mutual support, and to “continue to serve our students and one another. There are things we are doing today that we won’t be doing six months from now,” he predicted. “We will have to adjust, just as corporations have to adjust,” he said, adding that unpopular but necessary decisions might need to be made.

In board action, the trustees adopted a plan to conserve energy and approved the move of the environmental health department from the College of Health and Human Services to the School of Earth, Environment and Society in the College of Arts and Sciences. The department is also merging with environmental studies to form a new department: environment and sustainability.


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