Consulting

Navigate complex challenges. Make sound decisions.

Universities and colleges are evaluating their missions, processes, and business models as they seek to become more sustainable. AGB’s team of experts provides institutions, foundations—and their governing boards and leaders—with support, solutions, tools, and thought partnership to enable them to make sound, strategic, and transformational decisions in the face of complex and evolving challenges. Our experts help you:

AGB Consulting team members are experts in higher education.

Only AGB Consulting provides board-focused advisory services based on 100 years of experience strengthening higher education governing boards and led by thought partners who possess executive empathy rooted in their experience as college, university, system, and foundation board and committee chairs, board members, and chief executives.

AGB’s expertise spans board governance, leadership, strategy, finance, operations, academic quality, and more. Our team understands the critical importance of aligning the board, the president or CEO, and the cabinet in deciding where to focus and how to pursue transformation.

Meet our team→

Recommended tools.

You get more done when you have the right tools for the job. These resources will help you benchmark your board’s performance, identify areas for improvement, and operate more productively.

Board Meeting Management Portal→
AGB OnBoard is the only board and committee meeting platform that combines leading board management technology with AGB’s resources, insights, and expertise.

Board Assessment Tools→
These self-surveys are designed to highlight your board’s strengths and to reveal areas where you may need to improve your performance.

Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Toolkit→
Leverage this toolkit to engage a board that has never, rarely, or only incidentally addressed questions of race, diversity, equity, and educational outcomes.

Ways to engage.

Your board can get insights from our experts almost immediately—before you commit to a custom consulting program. AGB offers group and one-on-one options for members to meet experts, hear insights, and understand more about the challenges AGB experts can help you address.

Learn about AGB Consulting services
Ask the Expert Sessions

Join AGB experts online for an “ask-me-anything” session. These are discussion-driven and participation is encouraged.

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One-Hour Governance Reviews

Our experienced team will review current board processes, practices, structure, challenges, and opportunities to make impactful recommendations.

Orientation

Webinars and Workshops

Join a live virtual event or explore our on-demand library of sessions during which our experts explore pressing higher education topics.

Customized support for your board and your leaders.

Unmatched long-term expertise, resources, and proven performance in higher education enable AGB’s experts to design engagements specifically for each of our clients. As a result, our consulting services are customized to help your board and leadership team focus on core needs, develop strategies, and take action.

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Initial Conversation:
Identify areas where your board or leadership team needs support.

Our AGB Consulting staff and practice area leaders work with you to understand your needs, timeline, and other important contextual factors. Typically, this brief initial conversation sets the stage for our staff to identify an appropriate lead consultant and next steps that may lead to a detailed scope of work proposal.

Starting with your situation and goals, our experts help you identify and prioritize the areas where you want to target improvement and growth across one or many strategic areas. Insights, tools, coaching, and instruction around justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion are threaded throughout all areas AGB consulting supports. However they are also listed here separately as member institutions often request deeply concentrated efforts in JDE&I.

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Proposal Development:
Create a scope of work tailored specifically for your board and leadership team’s need.

Our initial conversation sets the stage for any additional discussions that may be needed to enable our team to develop a customized, precise scope of work proposal for your consideration. Each scope of work proposal is tailored to fit the needs, timeline, and budget of our clients and includes the following critical elements:

  1. Approach and Steps to Success
  2. Key Deliverables
  3. Project Timeline
  4. Project Fee

We submit our proposals and encourage our potential clients to engage in a dialogue with us to refine the scope of work as needed. Once we agree on the scope of work and fee, our team will provide an engagement letter for signature by all parties. Once the engagement letter is signed, our work can begin.

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Service Delivery:
Execute and implement the agreed-upon scope of work with the board and/or leadership team.

AGB Consulting strives to deliver our work through a collaborative process that may entail conducting in-person or virtual meetings with key stakeholders such as the board or individual trustees, the president or provost, CFO, VPs, and faculty leaders. Depending on the nature of the project, we may also engage faculty, staff, students, community members, and alumni in conversations.

As dictated by the scope of work, our team may employ a variety of methods, including comprehensive document reviews, mapping exercises, facilitated conversations, interviews, questionnaires, financial analyses, and more. At regular intervals and aligned with the scope of work, our team will provide status updates and track progress against the agreed-upon project timeline.

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Project Completion:
Assess project goals against execution and results while reviewing any lessons learned.

At the conclusion of the engagement, we will review success metrics, celebrate your accomplishments with you, and seek your feedback on the process and outcomes. Our consultants will outline any additional areas of opportunity or work that might be beneficial to you. You can then decide when and how to reengage with us on a project basis while we will ensure you stay connected to us via our complimentary webinars and workshops, Ask the Expert sessions, and other events.

Hear from those who have worked with AGB experts.

View videos on experiences and outcomes of working with AGB experts.

Greg Willems
President and CEO, Kansas State University Foundation

Vita Pickrum, EdD
President, Delaware State University Foundation
Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Delaware State University

Rickey N. McCurry
CEO, Northern Arizona University Foundation

How AGB partners with boards.

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Strengthening Four HBCUs.
A generous grant enabled four diverse Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to partner with AGB in working to strengthen their business models and spark growth.
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Supporting a Small Private University.
A small, rural, and private Midwestern university was stuck in cost-cutting survival mode. The future looked bleak, but AGB Consulting’s team helped the institution return to growth and add $30 million in annual revenue.
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“Our AGB engagement with 100 percent board and cabinet attendance created an inclusive environment for sharing, questioning, and realizing from where we’ve come, what we’ve yet to learn, and how we must sustain this journey.”

Thom D. Chesney, PhD

President, Clarke University

Effective leadership by governing boards has never been more important.

Institutions must rapidly evolve their offerings and business models in order to remain relevant, competitive, and on track for growth. AGB helps boards assess their direction and practices, then take action to improve performance, develop new strategies, build leadership capacity, address risk, and plan for high-impact change.

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