It's Your Time - Join the MASSP Board of Directors

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Every year, one-third of the seats on the MASSP Board of Directors are up for election – it’s almost that time! This year MASSP is seeking candidates for: Region 8 Representative, Region 9 Representative, Region 11 Representative, Region 12 Representative, Assistant Principal East Representative and Middle Level Central Representative. For more information on these positions, the Board of Directors’ role and what the commitment and reward entails, please read on.


Membership on the MASSP Board of Directors is a professional experience that is both challenging and rewarding. It is an opportunity to serve education through a leadership role in Michigan's largest building administrator organization. The effective presence of MASSP as a positive influence on Michigan's secondary schools depends in large measure upon the guidance of a highly qualified, well-informed Board of Directors and professional staff.

Regardless of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age or disability or veteran status, every professional member principal or assistant principal of MASSP is eligible to become a candidate for membership on the Board of Directors. Members of the Board take justifiable pride in the leadership they provide to the extremely divergent membership, as well as for the thousands of middle level and high school youth. Board members must be aware of, and attuned to, the regional needs and concerns of Michigan; the variety of job responsibilities of individual members; rural, urban, and suburban education; minority considerations; and MASSP's relationship with other professional organizations and our state government.

Board Functions

The MASSP Board of Directors meets in-person four times per year and exists to help steer the direction of the association. According to the Association’s by-laws, the Board of Directors shall:

  • Establish policies and goals of the Association.
  • Employ an Executive Director to be the Chief Executive Officer of the Association and the Secretary-Treasurer for the Board of Directors and define his or her duties and responsibilities.
  • Be responsible for establishing time/place of the annual meeting.
  • Approve structure of Association dues.
  • Approve annual Association budget.
  • Prepare and publish policies for the operation of Association committees.
  • Establish Association committees as needed, and advise the President in the appointment of members and chairs of such committees.
  • Adhere to the guidelines and expectations established for members of the Board of Directors.


A prime requisite of candidates who wish to serve on the MASSP Board is a strong commitment to serve. It is also necessary that the candidate's Superintendent, Board of Education, other building administrators, faculty, and family support the candidate through their term on the Board. Board members are expected to be present at four in-person meetings per year and also be in attendance at other events, specifically EdCon and the Summit. Members are also asked to give additional input when needed on legislative and policy issues and write at least one article for the MASSP website.

This Year’s Election

The following positions are up for election in 2017:

  • President-Elect
    State-wide representation on the Executive Board. Candidates must have previously served on the MASSP Board of Directors

  • Region 8 Representative
    (Represents Washtenaw, Hillsdale, Lenawee and Monroe counties)

  • Region 9 Representative
    (Represents Macomb County)

  • Region 11 Representative
    (Represents the City of Detroit)

  • Region 12 Representative
    (Represents Oakland County)

  • Assistant Principal East Representative
    (Represents Sanilac, Lapeer, Gensee, St. Clair, Oakland, Macomb, Wayne counties and the City of Detroit)

  • Middle Level Central Representative
    (Represents Upper Peninsula, as well as Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Leelanau, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Isabella, Midland Bay, Gratiot, Saginaw, Tuscola, Huron, Clinton, Shiawassee, Eaton, Ingham, Livingston, Jackson, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Monroe and Washtenaw counties)

Nomination and Ballot Process

If you’re interested in placing your name on this year’s ballot, please fill out this Google Form no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 10. Before accessing the form, please be prepared to provide answers to the following questions. Each candidate’s responses will be published on the ballot.

  1. Biography: How long have you been in your current building administrative position?
  2. Experience: Tell us about your professional career.
  3. Education: Tell us about both post-secondary degrees and additional continuing education.
  4. Statement of Intent: Why are you seeking position on the MASSP Board of Directors?

Candidates must also supply a letter of support from his/her Superintendent, as well as a headshot to be included on the ballot.

Electronic ballots will be made available to MASSP members during a two-week voting window from Monday, April 3 through Friday, April 14. Once notified, all newly elected Board Members should plan to attend an orientation session on Friday, April 28 in Lansing.

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact Chelsey Martinez at