Thursday, January 10, 2013

During the two-day session, the board will meet with Robert Birgeneau, chancellor of University of California's Berkeley campus, John Hennessy, president of Stanford University, Robert Berdahl, former leader of UC-Berkeley and other colleges, and Dan Russell, a Google research scientist.

U Michigan's questionable meeting behavior:
The University of Michigan's governing board will meet privately in California this month, forgoing its once-a-month meeting that's open to the public.

The "strategic planning session," as the two-day meeting is being called by the university, will take place Jan. 17th and 18th in Los Angeles at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel.

The eight-member board will attend the session, along with university president Mary Sue Coleman, Provost Philip Hanlon, Secretary Sally Jo Churchill, top development officer Jerry May and one additional staff member.

The cost —including hotel stays, meals and airfare and meeting rooms— is estimated at between $30,000 and $50,000, according to the university secretary's office. Rick Fitzgerald, university spokesperson, said the trip would funded with "unrestricted donor funds."
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Fitzgerald said there is no public agenda for the two-day session and declined to make an informal agenda available for AnnArbor.com. He also declined to offer a more detailed breakdown of the trip's cost, saying that wouldn't be obtainable until after the session.

When asked why the session was held in lieu of a public meeting, instead of holding both, Fitzgerald cited "a scheduling issue."

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They also want to hit up alumni residing in California. Why are Birgeneau and Berdahl a part of something operating in this manner?

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