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Dec. 16, 2016

MSU Board of Trustees roundup

At its Dec. 16 meeting, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees – in lieu of a salary raise – voted to give $100,000 to an academic scholarship created last year in honor of MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and her spouse, Roy J. Simon.

The Roy J. and Lou Anna K. Simon Scholarship, established in December 2015, is used to assist first-generation college students.

The funds will be transferred from unrestricted scholarship funds and administered by the MSU Office of Financial Aid.

Based on their current level of cash and estate giving, the Simons are members of MSU’s Wharton Society and Kedzie Society. In all, the Simons’ current cash gifts to MSU total more than $1 million.

Lou Anna K. Simon has served as MSU president since 2005. Roy J. Simon is director of MSU Telecommunications, Transportation and Landscape Services.

Following are other actions taken by the board at its December meeting.

  • The board authorized to proceed with construction of the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building. For more information, go to
  • Authorization was approved to plan for campus water system and water distribution improvements. The project will look to address concerns of the look and taste of MSU’s water, which exceeds U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality requirements.
  • The board authorized to plan for Jenison Field House alterations, as well as a South End Zone addition at Spartan Stadium. The Jenison work will focus on office space in the building, while the South End Zone addition will include a focus on fan amenities, such as new bathrooms and concessions. The work also will improve stadium access on the south end.

In addition, the board recognized winners of the Board of Trustees’ Award and recipients of the Mitchell Scholarship. For more information, go to


By: Jason Cody