GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (GRPS) — The Grand Rapids Board of Education has selected Jordoun Eatman to fill the recently-vacated seat on the board.

The Board of Education interviewed three finalists at a special board meeting Monday night before voting unanimously to select Eatman for the role. Eatman fills the seat vacated by Kristian Grant following her election to the Michigan House of Representatives.

“We had a phenomenal group of applicants apply to fill this important seat on the Grand Rapids Board of Education. Narrowing the list of candidates was a challenge for the entire board,” Board President Raynard Ross said. “In the end, Jordoun Eatman rose to the top. His demonstrated commitment to uplifting this city and all of its residents was undeniable. Particularly, he stands out when it comes to creating opportunities for our most valued citizens, the youth that attend GRPS. I know that his experiences and perspectives will make him a powerful advocate for our scholars.”

Mr. Eatman is the Vice President of Engagement and Inclusion for Experience Grand Rapids. He holds a bachelors degree in biomedical and chemistry sciences from Western Michigan University.

“My experience and education have given me the skills necessary to develop creative solutions to any systemic problems,” Eatman wrote in his letter of intent seeking the board seat. “I believe that my past and current involvement with the Grand Rapids Public School district uniquely positions me to contribute to this board.”

The term Mr. Eatman has been appointed to complete ends in December 2024. He will begin his service to the board in January.

Mr. Eatman will serve alongside current board members Kymberlie Davis, Katherine Downes Lewis, Raynard Ross, Jen Schottke and Kimberley Williams, as well as newly-elected board members Sara Melton, Jose Rodriguez, and Aarie Wade.