Board Member Application and Renewal

Charter public school boards are composed of people who volunteer their time and expertise to develop better outcomes for the children in their community. It can be a powerfully rewarding experience, and countless board members currently serving GVSU's charter public schools have been on their boards for multiple terms. When boards find themselves with an open seat, GVSU works with the other members to fill the spot with a person of high integrity, good judgment, and, ultimately, a passion for improving kids' lives.  

Thinking about becoming a charter public school board member? Fantastic! The application and appointment process is quite simple, and GVSU provides relevant resources and effective training for all incoming board members as they step into their new role.


Becoming a Charter School Board Member

To become a charter public school board member, a candidate must:

  1. be nominated by a charter school board
  2. complete an application for board service 
  3. successfully pass a background check
  4. interview with a representative of the GVSU Charter School Office 
  5. be approved by the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees
  6. take the public oath of office.

Detailed descriptions for each step are listed on the Board Member Application and Renewal Process Overview

Mike Dixon, board member

In Their Words...

Mike Dixon takes pride in being part of the Cornerstone Health and Technology School board for a few reasons. First, it allows him to give back to Beaumont’s surrounding community. Second, the high school is in the same neighborhood where he grew up. And third, it allows Mike to serve a school whose mission is to help students find their passion in his field of work. Mike is the vice president of human resources for Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak.

He joined the school board in 2015 and currently serves as the board president. He had never served on a school board, but has found it to be a great way to help the school grow its Career Pathway Program through his connection to the health community. “To be able to provide an experience for kids to gain exposure in health care starting in 9th grade builds a track to give them the skills they need early on,” he said.

The ultimate success for Mike will be when it comes time to celebrate the school’s first graduate who becomes a medical professional, which is only a few years away; the first graduating class is about halfway through their college courses. Until then, Mike says the best highlight is when students visit Beaumont and share how what they’ve learned has made a difference in their future. “At the end of the day, it’s about the kids,” he said, “and we’re providing them with an opportunity to pursue their dreams.”

Renew Board Member Appointment

Board members serving GVSU charter public schools are required to renew their appointment at the end of each three-year term. Board members looking to continue their service can do so by completing the Board Member Renewal Application online. GVSU greatly appreciates your continued dedication to helping kids!


If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Governance and Compliance, Alyson Murphy, at or (616) 331-2240.