Nov. 3, 2003
CONTACT: Carol Anderson

EMU to Simulcast First-Ever State of the Public Universities Address, Nov. 12

YPSILANTI – The impact of the economy on public universities and the universities’ impact on the state will be the focus of the first-ever State of the Public Universities Address to be simulcast Wednesday, Nov. 12, 5 p.m. at Eastern Michigan University’s Halle Library Auditorium. The event is open to the public.

Sponsored by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, the event will focus on $200-$300 million in cuts expected for higher education as the result of the State of Michigan’s recently announced $900 million revenue shortfall.

Wayne State University President and Chair of the Presidents Council Irvin D. Reid will deliver the address from the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing.

The Presidents Council’s message will emphasize the importance of Michigan’s public universities relative to the state’s future, including retaining more college graduates with four-year degrees; playing a key role in the next Energy and Life Sciences Corridor Initiatives; and the universities' role in driving improvements in early childhood programs, K-12 education, healthcare reform, homeland security and environmental programs.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive metropolitan university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.