CMU announces grand opening of Detroit office

Downtown location to serve area residents, businesses
CMU Metro Detroit Outreach

Editor’s note: Reporters are invited to cover the grand opening for interviews, video and photos.

A grand opening is scheduled June 18 for Central Michigan University’s newest location in downtown Detroit.

CMU alumni and invited leaders from the city and southeast Michigan will attend the ceremony and tour the office from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 777 Woodward Ave., Suite 160.

Guests will be welcomed by Tricia Keith, vice president for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and a member of the CMU Board of Trustees and CMU President George E. Ross. Entertainment will be provided by a musical group of CMU faculty members.

“This location in the heart of Detroit and across from Campus Martius continues Central Michigan University’s long-standing commitment to Michigan’s trademark city, its residents and its businesses,” President George E. Ross said. “We are pleased to celebrate a decades-old relationship with the city and region through this expanded presence.”

CMU has been in the Detroit area for nearly 40 years since opening an off-campus learning center at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. The downtown office is the university’s seventh current location in metro Detroit.

Tyrone Jordan, executive assistant to the president, says the highly visible presence, marked by CMU’s bold maroon and gold, will support a range of programs for local residents, employees who work downtown, CMU alumni, and current and prospective students.

“The CMU Detroit Office will be used for classes, career services’ offerings, professional development events, prospective student financial aid workshops and college exploration events, alumni gatherings, and more,” Jordan said. “Through this office, area residents and business leaders also will see the accomplishments of CMU students and faculty, including art, technology projects, and choir and band performances.”

The office will serve as a location for face-to-face, online and hybrid classes offered through CMU’s Global Campus, a national pioneer in off-campus educational programs. CMU’s Global Campus is ranked No. 1 in the nation by U.S. News and World Reports for online undergraduate programs, online undergraduate programs for veterans and for its online Master of Arts in Education program for veterans.

Nearly 50,000 CMU alumni live and work in metro Detroit.

Central Michigan University also has a tremendous investment in the region through its efforts in K-12 education. CMU has chartered 8 public schools in the city and an additional 26 schools in metro Detroit serving more than 18,000 students.