For Board Professionals

Take advantage of the resources available to board professionals as members of AGB; there are people, services, meetings and publications there to support you.  You can get help planning a retreat, revamping new trustee orientation, drafting a conflict of interest disclosure form, and everything in between.

Board Professionals Network 

AGB members often need information right away about a broad range of policies and practices and want to hear from other board professionals, especially at institutions like their own. The Board Professionals Network on allows you to reach out to your network of peers and get answers fast. It is restricted to board professionals to focus the discussion on issues of greatest interest and to allow for candid exchanges. Subscribers typically use the network to: post questions; ask for sample documents, such as handbooks, policies, committee charges, and job descriptions; and get advice on event planning, such as trustee orientation and presidential inaugurations.

This is a free member service and more than 350 board professionals subscribe. Contact the moderator for more information about how to join and use the service.

2013 Professional Development Conference for Board Professionals

Join your colleagues for a one-day meeting on the campus of Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois on Monday, September 30, 2013. Engage with your colleagues and enhance the skills and knowledge you need to support the governing boards of colleges and universities today. Choose from more than 10 roundtable discussions and concurrent session topics to learn best practices, and attend two plenary sessions featuring distinguished higher education leaders addressing key issues facing public and independent colleges and universities.

For additional information, visit the 2013 Professional Development Conference for Board Professionals page.

Workshop for Board Professionals:
April 10-12, 2014 in Orlando!

The Workshop for Board Professionals is the premier professional development conference for those who serve as the professional staff of college and university governing and foundation boards. Coordinated by a representative Program Committee of peers, the workshop covers national education issues, best practices in governance, innovative uses of technology, practical tips, and shared knowledge and expertise through networking opportunities.

Visit the 2013 Workshop for Board Professionals page to view the handouts from last year's workshop.

Board Professionals Leadership Group

The AGB Board Professionals Leadership Group (BPLG) is a volunteer organization that facilitates and encourages educational and professional services and opportunities for board professionals from AGB member institutions. The BPLG provides leadership for the annual Workshop for Board Professionals; periodically assesses the professional development needs of board professionals; and advises and works with AGB to address those needs through research, education, communication, and other programming.

Membership in the BPLG is reserved for and representative of board professionals whose institutions are AGB members.  Click here for a list of current BPLG officers and the BPLG Guidelines.

2010 Survey of Board Professionals

This survey, developed by AGB’s Board Professionals Leadership Group, explored the typical responsibilities of college, university, and foundation employees who support governing boards (board professionals), their demographic characteristics, and their professional development needs. AGB sent the survey to 1,233 AGB-member board professionals in April 2010, and it was completed by 406 (a response rate of 32.9 percent). The respondents reflect AGB’s membership: 64.9 percent independent colleges and universities, 30.9 percent public institutions, and 4.5 percent institutionally-related foundations.  The survey instrument and a summary of results from all respondents are available for review. Additional survey reports are available to AGB-member board professionals on the Network for Board Professionals at