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

Headshot of Joan Boldrey, board member at Paragon Charter Academy

“Parents are really, really concerned with what's going on at the school, what's going on with their kids...that's when I realized the importance of being a board member.”

Joan Boldrey, Paragon Charter Academy

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.