The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents established fund-raising priorities and appointed two charter school board members when it met in regular session March 16.


The board authorized the 1999-2000 fund-raising priorities and a fund-raising goal of $4,350,000, including an endowment goal of $2.1 million. According to the joint operating agreement between EMU and the EMU Foundation, the president of the University is to submit a list of annual fund-raising priorities to the Foundation by April 1 for the subsequent year.

Three priority areas identified for fund-raising by the EMU Foundation are merit-based scholarships, technology for the renovated College of Education and computers for

students. Each area will have a fund-raising goal of $500,000, for a total of $1.5 million.

Last year's fund-raising priorities of $44.8 million will be continued, including $1.8 million for scholarship endowments; $5.1 million for other endowments and $36.8 million for capital endowments. The capital endowment priorities include $11.3 million for a science building, $9.7 million for a College of Technology building, $6.6 million for the renovation of Pray-Harrold Class Building, and $1 million each for College of Health and Human Services Building technology and equipment, and library technologies.


The board made appointments to the Board of Directors at two of EMU's charter schools. Both appointments are effective immediately.

Esther Gentry-Thompson of Flint was appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of Grand Blanc Academy. The academy is expected to open Aug. 23 at 4501 E. Hill Road in Grand Blanc, with an enrollment of 450 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Her appointment fills six of seven positions on the board.

Gentry-Thompson is employed by General Motors Power Train, V-8 Engine Plant in Flint. She earned an associate's degree at Mott Community College and will be a parent representative on the academy's board of directors.

Christine M. Harris of Dearborn was appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of Gaudior Academy in Inkster. Gaudior Academy, 27100 Avondale in Inkster, is a kindergarten through eighth grade theme-based school that was chartered in 1996 and currently enrolls 175 students.

She is an intern architect for Albert Kahn Associates in Detroit. She earned bachelor of architecture and bachelor of science degrees from Lawrence Technological University and a bachelor's degree in music and master's degree in education from Marygrove College. Her appointment completes the seven-member board of directors at Gaudior.


The board accepted 48 grants and contracts totaling $2.2 million for the period of Jan. 1 through Feb. 28. The largest grant was $1,086,000 for the Center for Quality from the Ford Motor Co. Other grants included $160,000 for the Comprehensive Regional Assistance Center from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, $141,700 for the Oregon Foster Home Review Project, from the State of Oregon's Department of Human Resources, and $78,500 for the UAW/Ford Prior Learning Assessment Project, from the American Society of Colleges and Universities.