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 Ambassador

Mary Papazian, PhD
Executive Vice President


Justin Augustine
Xavier University of Louisiana

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

Jeffrey Harris
Rochester Institute of Technology

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

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.

Todd Abbott
Senior Vice President, Enrollment, Fundraising, Graduate & Online Enrollmen

Browse Council Insight Blogs

Shared Governance in an Environment of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity 

By | Blog Post, Council of Board Chairs, RNL

The November meeting of AGB’s Council of Board Chairs focused on the challenges that the environment of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA)[1] present to effective and strategic shared governance of America’s colleges and universities. The session began with a presentation by Council Ambassador David Maxwell, PhD, proposing the essential institutional characteristics necessary to survive and thrive in a VUCA world:

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What Board Chairs Think About Heading Back to Campus and Today’s Challenges

By | Blog Post, Council of Board Chairs, RNL

The topic of the August session of the AGB Council of Board Chairs was “Anticipating Strained Board-Constituent Relations.” The primary question put to the group was: “Are You Ready?” In advance of the session, the following list of potential factors impacting the campus environment and its constituents was offered to give participants opportunities and challenges to consider. Council ambassadors David Maxwell and Jill Derby offered an overview of these topics while emphasizing the challenges institutional leaders and boards face in addressing these issues as they emerge in an environment that has changed (and continues to change) in significant ways. There is definitely consensus that new approaches and creative solutions are needed in this post-pandemic world—across all sectors of higher education.

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