University and college trustees are being called upon to be more strategic, more future-focused, and more accountable. Regular board education sessions have never been more important, whether they deal with “governance 101” for orientation and refresher purposes, issues in higher education, or deep dives into key elements of the institution

For wide and deep resources on higher education governance, go to Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. Many of their resources are free; many more are available to members.

AGBUniversity has published short videos of various  leaders talking about important governance issues. I am online there in three short videos on engaging the board.

Some readings:

Game Plan: New Directions in Strategic Thinking and Planning – Article in AGB’s Trusteeship magazine (November/December 2017) where five leaders “share their thoughts on the importance of strategic thinking and planning in this period of volatility.”

Getting Down to Why: How Boards Can Make a Difference – Article in AGB’s Trusteeship magazine (March/April 2016) on rethinking the fundamentals of strategy-making and the governing board’s roles in that.

On Track for the Future: A Case Study in Strategic Finance – Article in AGB’s Trusteeship magazine (Nov/Dec 2010) on Youngstown State University. I am their consultant and helped write the article.

Above the Glass Ceiling – Short piece on board service written for a women in higher education newsletter, 2010

PowerPoint presentations:

University Governing Board Roles and Responsibilities – Slides for a board workshop on their roles and responsibilities, prepared for a public institution in 2014

Board Roles in Meeting Financial Challenges – Seven slides on board roles in dealing with financial challenges, presented to trustees and executives at a statewide conference in Indiana, 2010

The Quest for Great Governance – Keynote presentation on good governance at a National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association conference in 2008

Fiduciary, Strategic, and Interpretive Roles of the Board – Conceptual frameworks as a governance refresher for the board of Northwestern Health Sciences University, 2009

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