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New School Development

Under the leadership of the Director of New School Development & Administration; Corey Northrop, The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools is committed to "proving the promise" of offering quality educational options to Michigan's children by promoting "a diverse and dynamic public education marketplace that offers academic excellence." As part of the Center's Office of New School Development & Administration division, the Office of New School Development oversees the transition from moving an idea for a great school into a new school that will open as if it has been in operation for three years, and is poised for success and growth.

A critical component to the Center's vision is the authority of Central Michigan University to voluntarily issue charters. The New School Development unit oversees the competitive Charter Application Process by which applicants are invited to submit proposals. Applicants who demonstrate a promising vision, a sound business plan, a quality education program, and the ability to implement are identified as contenders for a charter with the expectation to protect and promote the "promise."

The Office of New School Development is responsible for the transformation of taking a successful candidate, from an application, to a pre-operational school, to becoming a fully operational school. This New School Start-up Process is designed to partner with the best of the best and provide guidance to new schools as they navigate through the rigorous requirements of becoming a school. The New School Development team helps position the school to open as if it has been in operation for three years and is poised for success and growth.

Jennifer CookMr. Corey Northrop 
Director of New School Development & Administration

Mr. Northrop provides leadership and operating direction to the functional units of general administration, information technology and external relations and events. He is responsible for the charter school application process, as well as new school development. Prior to joining the Center, Corey was an in-charge auditor with Plante & Moran. Corey has a Bachelor of Science degree and a masterís degree from Central Michigan University, both in business administration.



Jennifer CookMs. Jennifer M. Cook
Coordinator/New School Development & Contract Amendments

Ms. Cook provides assistance in the areas of New School Development and Contract Amendments, providing expertise and guidance to schools on the application and amendment processes, required contract documents as well State Department and authorizer requirements. In this capacity, Jennifer performs document reviews, coordinates special projects and interfaces with development teams and school personnel. Jennifer joined the Center in 2004, bringing with her a wealth of higher education experience, having previously worked in various administrative roles at Davenport University and William Tyndale College. Jennifer holds a bachelor of arts degree from William Tyndale College.

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