Board Application

The Charter School Board is the legal entity that governs the charter school. As such, its board members must be persons of high integrity, extensive experience, and good judgment.  Like traditional public schools, charter school boards are composed of Michigan citizens who volunteer their time and expertise.  However, unlike traditional public schools, charter school board members are appointed by the authorizer rather than elected by the public.

Quality governance is one of the foundations of high performing schools. Grand Valley State University is committed to appointing qualified board members to charter school boards and to providing relevant resources and effective training for charter school board members.

In order to become a charter school board member, a candidate must be nominated by a charter school board, complete an application for board service, successfully pass a background check, interview with a representative of the GVSU Charter School Office, be approved by the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees, and take the public oath of office.

The links on this page provide resources for new board members, existing board members, and those contemplating board service.


Reference the links on this page for the information and forms necessary to nominate and approve a new board member.

Considering Board Service

GVSU - New Board Member Handbook

Reference - Qualities and Characteristics of Charter School Board Members

Reference - Mistakes of Charter School Board Members

Applying for Board Service

APPLY ONLINE - New Board Members | Or PDF Version

RENEW ONLINE | Or PDF Version

Board Nomination Resolution

Oath of Office

Verification of Citizenship | Or Word Version

If you would like more information or have any questions in the application process, please feel free to contact Director of Governance and Compliance, Alyson Murphy, at murphaly@gvsu.edu or (616) 331-3656.

New Board Member handbook