Governing and Leading Historically Black Colleges & Universities

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) serve our nation through their important missions. Like all institutions, they face many challenges that demand high performing boards and effective leaders.

AGB believes strengthening governance is a critical first step in the transformation of HBCUs. Effective governance is a requisite for institutions to address existing challenges and to position themselves strategically, now and into the future.

Our initiative for Strengthening HBCU Governance and Leadership had four goals:

  • To strengthen HBCUs by enhancing governance practices, capacity, and structures
  • To advance effective working relationships between HBCU presidents and boards
  • To develop the capacity of presidents’ cabinets to support the work of boards more effectively
  • To help facilitate engagement among HBCU leaders on governance and other issues

AGB pursued these goals with a set of governance and leadership development activities, including the HBCU Governance and Leadership Institute and a comprehensive consulting suite. (Read more about the consulting efforts in our report, “Strengthening HBCU Governance and Leadership.”)

These activities focused on the skills, knowledge, and engagement needed for boards and institutional leaders to govern effectively—to ask the right questions at the right times, to build effective working relationships, and to consider and establish appropriate board policies and structures.

This project was made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: