CMU to name Center for Charter Schools after former Gov. John Engler
Former Michigan Gov. John Engler will be on campus on May 21 as part of a ceremony that will name Central Michigan University’s Center for Charter Schools after him.
During Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting, Vice President for Development and External Relations Kathy Wilbur announced the College Education and Human Services renamed the charter schools center the John Engler Center for Charter Schools. The date of the ceremony was also revealed for the first time at the meeting.
Engler served as governor of Michigan from 1991 to 2003 and signed the charter school law in 1994. CMU was the first university in the nation to authorize a charter school in August 1994 and remains the university with the largest number of charter schools in Michigan.
CMU operates 60 charter schools.
“CMU remains the largest authorizer of charter schools in the state of Michigan,” Wilbur said. “We will certainly promote the involvement of other universities in charter schools, as well.”
University President George Ross said, apart from private donations, there were no costs involved to name the center after Engler.
“We’re pleased that Gov. Engler agreed to have it named after him. I think it’s appropriate. You could argue no John Engler, no charter schools initiative,” Ross said. “That’s a good thing. Having been governor here, there’s nothing in this state named after him.”
Engler could not be reached for comment Thursday.
“He didn’t bring it up,” Ross said. “It was suggested to us, and we had to go ask him.”
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