Northern Michigan University (NMU) is the authorizer for East Shore Leadership Academy. As the authorizer, NMU provides oversight of the charter contract and ensures compliance with state and federal regulations. NMU appoints the Board of Directors and provides training sessions for the Board.

The Charter Office of Northern Michigan University supports the educational choices and opportunities for all children in the State of Michigan, regardless of their race, national heritage, culture and/or economic status. As such, NMU ensures that academic goals are being met.

Northern Michigan University is located on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior in Michigan's historic Upper Peninsula. NMU's faculty is committed to providing excellence in education to both traditional and non-traditional students.

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