Dear Friends and Colleagues:


Last Friday, the KCP office heard of the passing of our dear friend, colleague and mentor, Mr. Tendaji W. Ganges.  Tendaji spent many years carving a niche for himself in educational opportunity programs on college campuses across Illinois and Indiana before joining the University of Michigan’s Office of Educational Initiatives (EOI).   Tendaji was a passionate and naturally gifted orator with an earthy sense of humor, a spellbinding storyteller with an anecdote from his own long life for every occasion.


Inspired by his own experience as a high school student, Tendaji’s primary focus in the span of his 42-year career had been to prepare young people for college.  The Office of Educational Opportunity Initiatives (EOI) is a program he built from the ground up. The office offers five pre-college programs and five college programs that cater to students from underrepresented groups and those from areas where college access and success rates are below the national average.


A tireless advocate for the State of Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative, Tendaji successfully turned the dream of higher education into reality for thousands of students who otherwise might not have had a chance. 


A memorial service celebrating the life of Mr. Tendaji W. Ganges will be held as follows:


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Grace Emmanuel Baptist Church

3502 Lapeer Rd, Flint, MI 48503

Memorial from 3-6pm

Light refreshments from 6-7pm


In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting support for donations to establish scholarships for students in honor of their father.  More information is forthcoming.


Funeral Services


There will be a viewing from 8am-10am immediately followed by the funeral on

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Shiloh Baptist Church -

340 Calhoun St. Trenton, NJ 08618

(609) 695-2448




Tracey D. Taylor, Ed. D., LPC

Higher Education Consultant

King-Chavez-Parks Initiative

Workforce Development Agency

201 N. Washington Square| Victor Office Center, 2nd floor| Lansing, MI 48913

Office: (517) 335-5846

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