Enabling Excellence

About Us

The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) is the premier organization centered on governance in higher education. Governing boards must focus now more than ever on promoting central missions while running their institutions as effectively as possible. It is critical that they reinforce the value of higher education, innovate through the smart use of technology, and serve the needs of a shifting demographic. AGB provides leadership and counsel to member boards, chief executives, organizational staff, policy makers, and other key industry leaders to help them navigate the changing education landscape.

AGB helps higher education institutions thrive by providing vital information, expert counsel, advocacy, and customized consulting services.

AGB Fast Facts



  • 1,300 boards
  • 1,900 colleges, universities, and institutionally related foundations.
Institutions Served

Institutions Served

  • Individual campuses and statewide systems
  • Independent and public institutions
  • All degree types and classifications
  • List of current members

Individuals Served

  • 40,000 representatives of higher education institutions, including:
  • Trustees and regents
  • Presidents, chancellors, and CEOs
  • Senior-level administrators
  • Board professional staff members

AGB Leadership


AGB is governed and advised by three groups of distinguished leaders from every type of member institution the association serves—public and independent, large and small, single campuses and multicampus systems, research universities and liberal arts colleges, and two-year and four-year institutions.

AGB Staff

Executive Office

Henry Stoever
President and CEO

Helen Leith
Vice President, Operations & Administration

Shelli Dronsfield
Executive Assistant to President/Board Liaison

Anjela Proctor
Receptionist/Administrative Coordinator

Digital Services

Barbara Jones
Director of Digital Solutions

AGB Consulting

Ken Knueven
Managing Director

Rick Beyer
Lead Consultant and Special Advisor to the President

Elizabeth Alvarado
Director, AGB Consulting

Chris Moloney
Senior Consulting Associate

Lynn Sommerville
Assistant Director, AGB Consulting

Christa Pierce
Consulting Coordinator


Maria Nazareth
Vice President for Finance

Gerard Bayani
Manager of Accounting

Ying Xiang
Senior Accountant

Lili Zhuang
Accounting Assistant

Programming & Partnerships

Robert Waters
Vice President of Experiential Programming and Partnerships

Juliana Laing
Senior Director of Institutionally Related Foundations

Steve Abbott
Director of Corporate Relations

Andy Lounder
Director of Programs

Audrey Young
Director of Conferences and Events

Lisa Biggs

Amy Lynch
Resources Coordinator

Zachary Post
Programs Assistant

Marketing & Strategic Communications

Cristin Toutsi Grigos
Director of Public Policy and Strategic Communications

Sarita Harris
Director of Marketing

Morgan Alexander
Assistant Director of Government and Public Affairs

Adam Levine
Marketing Coordinator

Jordan Johnson
Policy and Public Affairs Associate


Patricia Kunkle
Vice President for Membership Experience

Matthew Stevens
Director of Membership Outreach

Maureen Ndoto
Membership Experience Marketing Coordinator

Marianne Deausen
Senior Data Processing Coordinator

Charlene Bowman
Data Processing Coordinator

Helen Lopez
Member Services Assistant

Content Strategy & Development

Merrill Schwartz
Senior Vice President

Elaina Loveland

Anne Powell
Editorial Director

Doug Goldenberg-Hart
Director of AGB Press

Madeline Taub
Assistant Editor

AGB Governance Documents