Dr. Richard D. Legon began his tenure as the fourth president of AGB in 2006. Working with the Board of Directors, staff, and members, he led the association through a strategic planning process that focused on the increasing challenges confronting institutional governance. In 2007, the Task Force on the Presidency framed AGB’s call for a new collaborative governance framework, "Integral Leadership," elevating AGB's work on board accountability. Several policy statements, carrying the imprimatur of the association’s Board of Directors, were also issued that addressed the heightened expectations around issues of board performance and engagement and fiduciary responsibilities. Under his leadership, AGB has recently finalized a new strategic plan for the association. Vision 2018 provides an aggressive agenda for AGB that is focused on service, expanded outreach, and program development, research, and advocacy.
During his tenure, AGB has led on issues related to institution cost, education quality oversight, and board leadership. Currently, Dr. Legon is leading the association’s renewed efforts to address the complex challenges associated with board oversight of intercollegiate athletics, an issue that AGB has paid special attention to in recent years. In addition, he has led the national effort to amend the recent SEC proposed rule related to municipal advisors; and was active in the association’s efforts to work with the IRS during the framing of the recently changed Form 990—including spearheading a collaborative effort with The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) to monitor the IRS Compliance Survey of 2008-2009.
Dr. Legon is frequently invited to address meetings of national higher education associations and has led over 100 retreats for boards of public and private institutions as well as institutionally-related foundations. His experience working across public and independent higher education—with governing bodies (campus and system boards) and boards of public institution-related foundations, as well as other not-for-profit organizations—extends over 35 years.
Dr. Legon, a graduate of the George Washington University, from which he also holds an MPA, serves on the governing boards of Spelman College and the American University of Iraq. He previously served on the governing boards of Virginia State University and the University of Charleston (West Virginia). He received an honorary doctorate of law from the University of Charleston in 2007.