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Board Of Trustees To Discuss ANGEL Replacement, Penn State Health Center

The Board of Trustees will meet for its annual September meeting at the Penn Stater on Thursday and Friday. Committee meetings will take place on Thursday and the full board will meet on Friday.

Here’s a breakdown of Thursday’s committee meetings:

UPUA President Emily McDonald will give an update on Penn State’s undergraduate student government to the committee on academic affairs and student life.

The committee on finance, business, and capital planning will give updates on a number of projects, including: fire alarm replacements at University Park, Beaver Stadium annual maintenance, campus walkways at Brandywine, updates to the George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library at Hershey, the naming of various rooms, portions of buildings, and plazas, status of major construction projects, the capital budget request for the 2016-17 fiscal year, and a summary and designation of gifts received.

Lawrence Lokman will outline the strategic communication priorities for the upcoming year to the committee on outreach, development, and community relations. The committee will also get an update on the Alumni Association and online and outreach communication.

The committee on audit and risk will hear a summary of the update on the internal audit.

The committee on audit and risk and the committee on legal and compliance will hold a joint meeting on Thursday. They’ll discuss compliance with federal rules affecting the university’s ability to receive federal funds for student aid, hotline administration, and minors on campus as a risk factor.

It’ll be a full day on Friday as the agenda is filled with a fair number of action items. First up, the Board approved final plans for the Morgan Academic Center for student athletes, which will replace the various tutoring spots currently available and consolidate them in the Greenberg ice pavilion. Although final plans were approved, the Board will vote on allocating $7.2 million to complete the project.

The Board will vote to spend $10.3 million on a…drumroll please…update to ANGEL. Blackboard will phase out ANGEL by 2017 and Penn State has been piloting a number of alternatives in the meantime. The Board approved Canvas to replace ANGEL, pending the approval of the proposed budget.

Eric Barron, Nicholas Jones, Kathleen Casey, Keith, Masser, Mark Dambly, Daniel Mead, Keith Eckel, William Oldsey, David Gray, Paul Silvis, and Craig Hillemeier were elected to the Board of Directors of the Corporation of Penn State, which meets annually to discuss the purpose of electing directors.

Additionally, the Board will vote to approve the transfer of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to Penn State Health, which was created by the Board with the intention of growing Penn State’s College of Medicine. The transfer of the Medical Center is not due to any issued within; it is has in fact been the intent of the Board in an effort to build Penn State Health.

For a full outline of what the Board of Trustees will discuss, including changes, adoptions, and discussions that impact Penn State’s branch campuses, you can find the full agenda here.

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