Michigan’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: Michigan State University
The first agriculture college in America, known as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, was established in 1855, and classes were first held in 1857. In 1861, the school was renamed the State Agricultural College, and then was designated as the state’s land-grant institution in 1863. In 1909, the school was again renamed the Michigan Agricultural College, and again was renamed in 1925 as the Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. In its centennial year of 1955, the school was renamed Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science. In 1964, the words “Agriculture and Applied Science” were dropped from its name and the school became known as Michigan State University.
President: John Engler was named the interim president of Michigan State University in 2018. He is the former governor of the State of Michigan, as well as having served in the Michigan Legislature as both a state senator and state representative. President Engler is an alumnus of Michigan State, having earned both a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a law degree.
Michigan’s 1994 Land-Grant Institutions: Bay Mills Community College, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
Bay Mills Community College
Founded in 1981, Bay Mills Community College was Michigan’s first accredited Tribal College located on a reservation. It was designated a land-grant institution in 1994. It serves both the Anishinaabek and Sault Ste. Marie bands of the Ojibwe.
President: Michael C. (Mickey) Parish has been the president of BMCC since 2002. He has served the Native American population of Michigan since 1971, including as a tribal and child welfare attorney and as Executive Director of the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan.
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College was chartered in 1975 by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. The College was founded with the understanding that American Indian students, as members of sovereign nations, deserved an educational system responsive to their needs and concerns. This school primarily serves the L’Anse Indian Reservation and surrounding communities.
President: Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College is currently seeking a new president. Former president Debra J. Parrish resigned at the end of January 2018 after almost 30 years in that position.
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College was founded in 1998 when the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council adopted a resolution establishing a tribally controlled college and forming a governing Board of Regents. While the primary focus was to build a bridge between tribal members and higher education, the college was chartered as a public institution for all people in the community.
President: Carla Sineway is the president of Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College.