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Mission Critical

January 2023

By Henry Stoever, AGB President and CEO

Happy new year! I trust you enjoyed a peaceful holiday.  

Colleges and universities are expansive communities that make hundreds of important decisions based on board-approved strategies, policies, priorities, and practices. The foundation of these decisions should be grounded in the institution, foundation and system’s mission, which defines its purpose and pathway to achieving that purpose. Although all colleges and universities have a mission, its value wanes if boards do not ensure that strategic discussions and decisions are aligned with the mission.

System, institution, and foundation missions deserve thoughtful attention, periodic review, and the opportunity to evolve and align with the current environment.

Why it matters: Reviewing and updating the mission statement are critical because the mission guides strategic decision-making. While gaining consensus on an updated mission statement can be difficult, stakeholders can work together to create a mission that meets the moment.

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Meet our president and CEO.

Henry Stoever

AGB President and CEO

Henry is focused on establishing college, university and foundation board members as indispensable, strategic partners with institutions to fulfill their unique commitments to society, advance student success and well-being, and enhance institutional vitality. He brings to AGB a deep understanding of the importance of citizen governance and a wealth of experience in building on the strengths of a member-focused organization.

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As AGB’s president and CEO, Henry is responsible for the leadership and operations of the AGB enterprise spanning AGB and AGB Search serving more than 1,300 boards, and representing more than 40,000 individual trustees, across more than 2,000 member institutions, systems, and foundations. Prior to joining AGB, Henry spent nearly 10 years at the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) – the largest association of corporate directors in the United States. Prior to NACD, Henry spent five years at Brazos Higher Education Service Corporation as SVP StudentLoans.com. He has also held several marketing leadership positions for CoStar Group, Inc., Sprint-Nextel Corporation, LexisNexis Group Inc., and Kraft Foods, Inc. Henry also served for five years in the United States Marine Corps, resigning at the rank of captain.

In addition to his service as a trustee for the United States Naval Academy Foundation’s Academic and Scholarship Programs board, Henry is a member of the board of directors for the Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors, and previously held positions on the board of directors of the Chesapeake Bayhawks and Bethesda Lacrosse. He was also a visiting professor at American University’s Kogod School of Business from 2010 to 2014.

Henry holds a BS in economics from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA in marketing and strategy from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.