Tendaji Ganges, vice chair of the Antioch College Board of Trustees, died Friday at his home in Flint, Mich., at the age of 66.
Ganges, a 1971 Antioch grad, spent decades working on higher education access and was a community activist for social justice and anti-racism issues.
Ganges served on the Alumni Board (1988-94 and 2006-09); Board of Trustees (2009-15); and presidential search committee (2010). Antioch officials said he played an integral role in the Yellow Springs school’s quest for accreditation, representing the college at a Higher Learning Commission hearing in 2014.
“Tendaji was a very special individual who managed to touch so many people with his kindness, caring, always gentle humor, and wisdom,” said Frances Horowitz, chair of the Antioch College Board of Trustees.
Ganges graduated from Antioch College with a bachelor’s in secondary education in 1971 and returned two years later as a featured speaker at the 1973 commencement.
He recently retired but spent nearly 20 years as the executive director of the University of Michigan-Flint Office of Education Opportunity Initiatives. Prior to that, he directed Upward Bound programs at Earlham College and Princeton, Northwestern, and Chicago State universities.
A memorial service is planned for Thursday in Flint. The family suggests contributions to several scholarship funds, including the Tendaji Ganges Opportunity Scholarship at Antioch College.