WSU, Board of Governors

Wayne State University
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Live-stream the meeting at: https://wayne.edu/live

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Reporting

Edited and summarized by the Detroit - MI Documenters Team

Note-taking by Maria Fortner

The meeting was only accessible online and public comment was held at the end. Students and staff speaking out against discrimination, immoral practices and fair wages. The board of governors approved a 4.5% increase on tuition and fees.

Live reporting by Perry Sylvester

The meeting was only accessible online and public comment was held at the end. Students and staff speaking out against discrimination, immoral practices and fair wages. The board of governors approved a 4.5% increase on tuition and fees.

Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6
Hello, Detroit! Today, 6/26, at 3 PM I live-tweet the WSU BoD regular meeting for @DetDocumenters #DETdocumenters and media partners:
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10:13 AM Jun 26, 2024 CDT

Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 2/84
I will NOT be on campus today because, as you may have heard, the WSU BoD is, well, very busy. So busy, in fact, that they cannot risk being interrupted by students, staff, faculty, alumni, community members, etc. talking about boycotts & divestments or contracts & wages...
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 3/84
Nope. Too busy. Sooo...I will live tweet from their livestream. You can tap in as well here:
wayne.edu/live
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 4/84
There is great background on this decision by the WSU BoD to go virtual from @outlier_media Noah Kincade @SFtotheD here:
outliermedia.org/wayne-state-bo…
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 5/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD An additional take can be found from @MCmuckraker at media partner @metrotimes here:
metrotimes.com/news/wayne-sta…
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 6/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes As per usual, you can check out the agenda and supporting documents...all available here:
bog.wayne.edu/meetings/2024/…
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 7/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes I gave a look at the agenda and couldn't find anything referencing demands for the university to boycott-sanction-divest. Huh. That's weird. I mean, there was this Student Senate resolution from way back when...
thesouthend.wayne.edu/article_76e44a…
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 9/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes And after the WSU campus cleared out protesters demonstrating against the ongoing (and escalating) terror being directed at Palestinians, the Student Senate issued this statement. I'm pretty sure the BoD received it. It's almost like they're not listening.
studentsenate.wayne.edu/resolutions/fi…
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 10/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes The agenda was also silent on labor contracts and the demands from the WAU ...Weird, isn't it? I mean, these are pretty significant issues. You would think the BoD would be enthusiastic about open dialogue.
waunion.org
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 11/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes Well, they probably lost the email. Not to worry, though! The WAU @wau6075 is holding a rally today (June 26) at 2 pm at the ‘W’ on Warren and 2nd Avenue. You can read about it and how to support here:
waunion.org/announcements/…
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 12/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 Now, to be fair, the WSU BoD is allowing open comments...for 26 people, at least (or so it appears). And as the LAST item on the agenda
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 13/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 WAU Vice Pres Kess Ballentine @BallentineKess is quoted in Kincade's article for @media_outlier as saying making the BoD regular meeting virtual only and moving public comment to the final item is “two steps away from where we were.” I'd call that generous...but that's just me
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 14/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 Okay…as per usual I have ranted and hit “add another post” rather than “reply”…but only for one post, so hopefully thread will continue
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 15/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier In theory, the thread for WSU BoD meeting for today, June 26 at 3 PM will continue here…
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 16/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier And one more thing about that agenda. The By-Laws Committee has some recommendations. Gosh, do tell. Maybe this is nothing, but it seems like the "Student Affairs Committee" is, well, going bye-bye.
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 17/84
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 18/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier It’s now 3:12…and I’m doing my usual freak-out…hitting play, hitting refresh…finally on. Stumbling through tech issue…roll call done, now Item 2, Consent Agenda… motion, support and weird echo 😆
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 19/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Lotta sad faces! Two members/governors still having connection issues but that is no reason to not keep bulling forward! Item 3, personnel recommendations, approved as is Item 4, “Recommendation for Senior Administration Appointment”
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 20/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Now we have all the feel-good items in President’s Report…various faculty achievements
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 21/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier On to Committees, starting with Academic Affairs…Shirley Stancato reports…some new programs like a Cert in Practical German [sic]…didn’t really follow the linked report available online🤔
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 22/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Bryan Barnhill gives overview then asks for action on tuition/fees increases…approve 4.5% tuition/fees increase….
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 23/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Marilyn Kelly explains recommendations for by-laws…creation of new Health Affairs, Research and Economic Development committee and combining Student Affairs with Academic Affairs into one committee…approved
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 24/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier 2024-25 Schedule of Meetings approved as is approval of some $1 million plus in endowments “for the purposes described”…Espey asks if they have to read and is pleased to hear they don’t…so approved, as is repurposing of an endowment 🙄
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 25/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier 2 contracts for services approved…1 for a company owned by a faculty member, 1 for a nonprofit whose CEO is a faculty member…links to pdf for both available in agenda link provided above
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 26/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier So presentation on operating margins…as long as positive, it’s all good
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 27/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Cash on hand…could function about 6 months without new funds
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 28/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Debt ratio…even though debt from Health Sciences building next year helps, but only a little as far rating agencies as they have already factored that in ratings
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 29/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier How much they get per student…more in tuition, less in state funding (compared to peers)
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 30/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Endowment in lower third in comparison to peer group
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 32/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Actually trying to be responsive to student needs…pretty positive trend
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 33/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Now an overview of Foundation holdings and investments! But points out no action will be taken today, it is just informational
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 37/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier 2 funds — only one is for Foundation; Barnhill has question about definition of “investment policy”, relating to types of investments and how it relates to whether the university fund or the endowment fund
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 39/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Who is who in the 2 funds…hey, look…WSU cash pool run by NEPC! That’s cool!
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 44/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Police goal for Cash Pool is 4% return…they use “funds”… so assume investment company products like mutual funds so NO direct investment in individual companies
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 45/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Now the Foundation/Endowment…what is/does…technically not just 1
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 46/84
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 48/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Asset allocation…a long term move towards more growth/risk
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 49/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Emphasizes (again) that there are no holdings in individual stocks…everything in mutual fund type investments
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 50/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Barnhill talking change and complexity…how investing in investment company/mutual funds provides diversification et. Admits WSU has indirect investment in weapon manufacturing firms but it is small…less than 2%
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 51/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier To get out is problematic…because funds kinda sorta like the old cable companies…can’t pick and choose. To leave behind the 2% or so of war profiteers would mean having to dump 80% of current affairs and then reallocate with remaining choices offered by firms
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 52/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Barnhill also brings up ESG investment strategy and options may be available in that direction
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 53/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier The presentation is promised to be available on the WSU BoD website tomorrow!
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 54/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Okay then…we are now on to public comment…with statement it not a matter of dialogue. The list people that made the cut off will now get their 3 minutes🤷🏼‍♂️
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 55/84
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 56/84
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 57/84
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 58/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Could not pick up Ridaa, but here is clip of person directly following…critical of Espey, especially handling of encampment
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 59/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Makes direct connection between university investment in index funds and Weapons made by companies like Lockheed Martin and deaths in Gaza…points to ability to create index funds without weapons manufacturers
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 60/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Points to how university threw riot police at a diverse group of peaceful protesters…points in particular to outrage of pulling off hijab of one of the protesters
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 61/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Two letters being presented…video captures first one…second by alumni and calls for withholding donations…both have been sent to Espey’s office
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 62/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier And a representative from the faith community speaks out in support of the students, faculty and alumni concerns and calls for a pledge from BoD to refrain from using violence
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 63/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Hmmm…I’ve lost WiFi connection, got it back, but still watching the wheel spin…
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 64/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Okay…finally back…to tech issues 🤷🏼‍♂️🙄🤨
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 65/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Notes contradictory behavior of university leadership during time when they divested from tobacco companies at height of their profitability and claims of having hands tied today
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 66/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Language matters—it is not abstract and we are not being heard
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 67/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier She also notes WSU was first school to pass BDS back in 2003 and disappointed in this current WSU BoD leadership
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 68/84
wau.org
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 69/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier @BallentineKess both forceful, fair and optimistic, backed by enthusiastic fellow WAU members
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 70/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Speaks out regarding 10 African American students who are being held back from starting in medical program and points to extreme lack of diversity amongst WSU deans
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 71/84
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 72/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier @WAU6075 continuing to speak out…notes juxtaposition of WSU BoD passing highest tuition/fees while offering lowest pay increases…just not sustainable
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 73/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Finds it laughable WSU BoD hadn’t tested tech prior to going to virtual
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 74/84
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 75/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Head of WSU Muslim student group…came to WSU because of previous record of strong ethical leadership; points out to students rights to ask questions, investigate and have dialogue
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 76/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier WSU alumnae and current employee tells her experience of being told she can’t express her position on Israel’s actions in Israel
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 77/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Pediatrician and WSU alumnae echoes 1) disgust with the virtual meeting process 2) moral cowardice in treatment of students and refusing to take stand on Israel’s actions in Gaza
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 78/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Okey dokey—can’t get everyone in but a promise to get those statements in the record. Espey tries to close, but Barnhill makes statement…
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 79/84
@Outlier_Media @SFtotheD @MCmuckraker @metrotimes @WAU6075 @BallentineKess @media_outlier Comes out with it…doesn’t believe divesting from Israel is just a gesture… achieving peace will take much more than telling people they have blood on their hands because of their investments…
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 81/84
Okay, quick note--inadvertently referred to WSU BoG President Kimberly Andrews Espy as "Espey"; also, I kept saying "Board of Directors", "Directors", "BoD" and it should be "Governors"
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 82/84
But that is my coverage...lots to think about. The BoG was good on their word, and the presentation on university holdings is up at their website. You can access it here:
bog.wayne.edu/meetings/370/w…
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 83/84
Quick note--if you want to see the actual investments in the portfolios, you need to hit the "...performance is reported.." links. Example below:
Perry Sylvester @PerrySylvester6 84/84
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Wayne State has been an innovative urban center of higher learning since 1868, when a group of Civil War doctors envisioned a better world through better medicine. Since our founding as the Detroit Medical College, we’ve grown to become one of the 50 largest public universities in the United States, offering nearly 350 degree and certificate programs through 13 schools and colleges.

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