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

Ericka Brunson-Gillespie, board member

In Their Words...

Ericka Brunson-Gillespie is a nurse practitioner for neurological surgery working in the University of Michigan health system, and the Michigan state representative for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Ericka said she and her colleagues join nonmedical boards to lead through their knowledge of health and science, and she knew a school board was where she wanted to be. “I was always involved in the schools with my children, and I wanted to figure out where I could best help out with what I know,” she said.

Ericka said she is still amazed that of all the years she picked to join a school board, she picked 2020. Ericka joined the East Arbor Charter Academy board in November 2020 after completing the Detroit Chamber of Commerce’s Charter Leadership Board Program virtually. “I was one of the first people in the program, and was doing orientation right when COVID hit,” she said. Throughout COVID, she used her professional expertise to help the school navigate the pandemic. “I try to ask thought-provoking questions about infectious diseases, especially in Washtenaw County. It’s important to discuss these realities because I want to make sure the kids are staying safe.”

Ericka said joining the school board was also important because of the inspiration she can offer to the students just by being present. “There is a need for young children to see people in various career positions,” she said. “I always say, ‘If you can see me, you can be me.’”

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.

Page last modified October 14, 2021