About the Conservancy


Established in 2018, the Marygrove Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that manages operations and stewards the 53-acre Marygrove College campus in northwest Detroit. The mission of the conservancy is to stabilize and preserve the historic campus – which has served as an educational anchor in Detroit for more than 90 years – while identifying high-quality uses in the community.

A major initiative of the conservancy is managing a landmark partnership to create a cradle-to-career (P-20) educational campus on the site. The P-20 campus is being designed to be an educational, economic and civic anchor in the revitalization efforts of the Livernois-McNichols community. The campus will integrate academic experiences from early childhood to college and career with community-driven services, so that students are empowered and equipped to define their own future and that of their communities.

The three guiding principles for the design and operation of the P-20 educational campus are:
  1. A campus that provides access to opportunities for a diverse student population, with an emphasis on minimizing barriers to access, especially for students from the immediate vicinity.
  2. A campus that offers rigorous, research-based academic programs, so that students are equipped and empowered to define their own futures.
  3. A campus that is led by exceptional faculty and staff, who are accountable and receive ongoing development to equip them to become leaders in their field and thus, best serve students and families.

At full capacity, the campus is projected to serve more than 1,000 Detroit children and their families, primarily living in the surrounding Livernois-McNichols neighborhoods. 

Mission statement

The mission of the Marygrove Conservancy is to stabilize and preserve the historic Marygrove College campus, an educational anchor in the heart of northwest Detroit. Protecting the integrity of the 53-acre campus as a key community asset in the revitalization of one of Detroit’s most important neighborhoods is essential to the Conservancy and its partnering organizations.

Marygrove Conservancy Board

Sister Jane Herb Chair, IHM Sisters 

Antoine Garibaldi University of Detroit Mercy

 Glenda Price Marygrove College President Emeritus

 Rose DeSloover Marygrove College Professor Emerita 

Michael Forsyth Live6 Alliance

Wendy Lewis Jackson The Kresge Foundation

 Aaron Seybert The Kresge Foundation