AGB Council of Board Chairs

The Council of Board Chairs is a standing advisory group of professional leaders, knowledgeable about the roles, responsibilities, and practices of effective governance for higher education boards. They also have a deep understanding of the challenges boards and board leaders face, and the importance of a proactive approach to short- and long-term planning and strategy.

Council Ambassadors

Jill Derby
AGB Senior Consultant
Chair, American University of Iraq Sulaimani
Former Chair, Nevada Board of Regents

David Maxwell
AGB Senior Consultant, Senior Fellow
Immediate Past Chair, Grinnell College
President Emeritus, Drake University


Greg Bigman
Diné College

Paul Brajcich
Gonzaga University

Margo Cook
University of Rhode Island

Steve Golding
Washington College

Linda Gooden
University of Maryland System

Don Gould
Pitzer College

Mark Hatcher
Central State University

Jimmy Hazel
George Mason University

Edmond Hughes
Tougaloo College

Michal Jaworski
Langara College

Michael Jones
Dillard University

Jeff Keller
Colorado College

Paul Kenney
University of Nebraska

Carrie Killoran
Macalester College

Benjamin Kudo
University of Hawaii

Cynthia Lenton-Gary
Houston Community College

Vanessa Lugo Flores
Universidad del Sagrado Corazón

John Meyer
Western Washington University

Sandra Moore
Anne Arundel Community College

Jeffery Perry
Babson College

Sharon Reishus
Unity College

Chris Romer
Colorado Mountain College

Cynthia Shapira
Brandeis University
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

Laurie Silvers
University of Miami

JP Smith
Kansas City University 

Grace Speights
George Washington University

Laurene Sperling
Duke University

John Stirek
Oregon State University Foundation

Lisa Stromberg
Goucher College

Marie Sullivan
Maricopa Community College

Ione Taylor
Guilford College

William Thompson
City University of New York

Nicole Washington
Miami Dade College

With thanks to AGB Mission Partner RNL for their support of this council.

Greg O’Brien
Chief Growth Officer