2022 National Conference on Trusteeship: Schedule

April 12–14, 2022 | Virtual Event

Schedule

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Monday, April 11

Prepare for the conference with optional sessions.

Community Convenings | Schedule of Session Timing Forthcoming

Learn the challenges and opportunities you share with peers from around the nation and the world. In the run-up to the opening of the conference, participants are encouraged to join these conversations as an opportunity to hone key questions, share new ideas, and discover essential communities. These hour-long sessions are offered in hopes that the connections they foster, and the thoughts they spark, will be instrumental throughout the conference and beyond.

Communities:

  • Catholic Colleges and Universities
  • Community Colleges
  • HBCUs
  • Institutionally Related Foundations
  • Multi-Campus Systems
  • Regional Universities
  • Research Universities
  • Special Focus Institutions
  • Undergraduate Colleges

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Tuesday, April 12

10:00 AM ET | AGB Experience Open

AGB’s mission is to help boards govern with knowledge and confidence. Visit us in the AGB Experience to learn about all that is available to you by virtue of membership. Get to know the AGB staff members responsible for the publications, consulting services, online tools, and other member services you rely on, and find out what’s new and what’s coming next. Additionally, spend some time checking out the many valuable resources available from AGB’s corporate partners and sponsors.

11:00 AM–12:30 PM ET | Opening Plenary—Destination 2030: Leading Beyond Disruption

If the pandemic held one potential benefit for colleges and universities, it was to lay bare the need for transformative change, with urgency. Many industries—banking, retail, media, manufacturing, and even space travel—have faced acute “disruption” in the recent past. Come to this session to hear which lessons should translate to our sector’s boardrooms from top industry leaders who have also served on college and university boards.

12:45–1:30 PM ET | Concurrent Sessions

Presidential Responsibility for Effective Board Leadership

Many trustees find it provocative, if not counterintuitive, that presidents and chancellors substantially influence board effectiveness. The fact remains. Acceptance of this fact begs the question: how can presidents intentionally and methodically help build high-performing boards? Drawing upon insights from a new AGB publication, A President’s Guide to Effective Board Leadership, board leaders and aspiring board leaders are encouraged to attend this session alongside presidents, to understand the practical steps presidents should (and should be expected to) undertake to get the most out of their boards.

Speaker information forthcoming

Strategic Transformation in Private Higher Education

Summit Session

Independent colleges and universities are exiting the worst of the pandemic, only to find the abiding challenges of our times loom even larger. Demographics, debt, and duct tape were watch words leading into the new decade. For most institutions, incremental change will be insufficient to support institutional vitality looking ahead to 2030 and beyond. Come to this session to learn what transformational change looks like–what boards need to ask, look for, and insist upon–as well as how to support those leading the essential and precarious work of transformation.

Speakers: 
Marjorie Hass, president, Council of Independent Colleges
David Rowe, former interim president, Lancaster Theological Seminary; former president, Centenary College of Louisiana

Strategic Transformation in Public Higher Education

Summit Session

As one Trusteeship article suggested in the mid-2010s, public higher education is “too big to fail.” Three out of four postsecondary students in the U.S. are enrolled in a public college or university—nearly 15 million students across some 1,600 institutions. Mission, business, and therefore governance imperatives for change have perhaps never been sharper, but that does not always mean they are clear. Come to this session to understand what public higher education transformation can, should, and must look like from the board’s vantage point going forward, including a macro view on the changes needed for public higher education and instructive examples of practical approaches to making change locally.

Speaker information forthcoming

1:30–2:00 PM ET | Break

2:00–2:45 PM ET | Concurrent Sessions

Advancing Justice, Equity, and Inclusion through Shared Governance

When it comes to strategic priorities related to justice, equity, and inclusion on campus, how can shared governance better reflect, indicate, and drive necessary change? Scholars have noted shared governance is at once a practical legislative process, an academic tradition with symbolic power, and a mechanism serving a variety of latent socio-organizational needs. AGB frames shared governance as a vehicle for change and a system of aligning priorities, and we assert boards are ultimately responsible for its effectiveness. Come to this session to better understand a key area of potential, beyond pitfalls, related to shared governance.

speaker information forthcoming

M&A Part I: Welcome to Higher Education's Consolidation Era

Summit Session

Over the past three years U.S. higher education has experienced more than 100 closures, mergers, or affiliations, and the trend is accelerating. Come to this session to learn about the types of M&A transactions now being completed and how institutions large and small have participated and benefitted from the consolidation era. We will review how institutions can become “affiliation ready,” as well as how to use an internal process to educate the board to become decision ready for the consolidation era. Finally, we will discuss the strategic rationale for developing an M&A strategy from the perspective of the board and leadership team.

speaker information forthcoming

Student Success for Boards

One effect of the pandemic for many institutions has been a renewed understanding of shared purpose between educators and students. Whether narrowing the digital divide for remote learning; offering crash courses for teaching in a virtual environment; providing emergency funding, housing, or food; or vanishing delinquent student account balances, many institutions—and boards—have become laser-focused on student success. Greater board awareness and facility in this core area of institutional effectiveness is worth building upon. Come to this session to learn more about incorporating extraordinary imperatives for student success into institutional strategy.

speaker information forthcoming

2:45–3:15 PM ET | Break

3:15–4:00 PM ET | Peer Exchanges

Peer exchanges are offered for small-group, peer-to-peer learning. Facilitators are selected for relevant expertise, but rather than presenting, they will frame and guide productive question-and knowledge-sharing among conference-goers. Come prepared to participate in a rare opportunity for cross-sector learning about specific issues.

Topics and speakers forthcoming

4:00–4:15 PM ET | Break

4:15–5:15 PM ET | Plenary

5:15–6:15 PM ET | Opening Reception

The welcome reception at AGB’s National Conference on Trusteeship is a much-beloved tradition allowing for chance meetings, catching up with old friends, and good entertainment. Please join us on camera, and swap into your favorite beach background on Zoom. Flip flops and umbrella drinks are encouraged.

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Wednesday, April 13

10:00 AM ET | AGB Experience Open

AGB’s mission is to help boards govern with knowledge and confidence. Visit us in the AGB Experience to learn about all that is available to you by virtue of membership. Get to know the AGB staff members responsible for the publications, consulting services, online tools, and other member services you rely on, and find out what’s new and what’s coming next. Additionally, spend some time checking out the many valuable resources available from AGB’s corporate partners and sponsors.

11:00–11:45 AM ET | Peer Exchanges

Peer exchanges are offered for small-group, peer-to-peer learning. Facilitators are selected for relevant expertise, but rather than presenting, they will frame and guide productive question-and knowledge-sharing among conference-goers. Come prepared to participate in a rare opportunity for cross-sector learning about specific issues.

Topics and speakers forthcoming

11:45 AM ET–12:00 PM ET | Break

12:00–1:15 PM ET | The Future Is Diverse: A Special Session on Higher Education Leadership

Why are so many colleges, universities, and systems lacking diverse talent in the boardroom and the presidency—and more to the point, what can we do about it? This plenary will begin with a series of short video addresses by leading experts that set the stage for a discussion of leadership in higher education by women and minorities. Next, AGB President and CEO Henry Stoever will engage three longtime observers and experts on this subject in a forward-leaning discussion of what must be done to maximize available talent in response to the challenges facing colleges and universities.

1:15–1:30 PM ET | Break

1:30–2:15 PM ET | Concurrent Sessions

M&A Part II: Making the Deal Work

Summit Session

Many institutions are engaging in conversations regarding potential strategic affiliations. Some transactions close, while others linger and are never completed. During this session, we will explore what causes a transaction to be completed or not and also learn how deal momentum can help or hurt a transaction. Trustees and leaders will learn the importance of setting gating decisions along with the steps that can be taken to move efficiently and effectively through the transaction process. This session will also discuss preparing for due diligence, important transaction strategies, and the important timelines for consideration.

speaker information forthcoming

Presidential Assessment for the Tumultuous '20s

What do boards and presidents need out of presidential performance evaluation in the years to come, and how can they get it? Both will need to sort through organizational and environmental volatility with an even greater sense of urgency than was true in the “before times.” Clear expectations, methodical processes, a willingness to adapt, a focus on results, and a commitment to ongoing leadership development should be mutual responsibilities. Come to this session to learn more about what forward-looking assessment entails, which routines need to be revised, and how to do that work well.

speaker information forthcoming

The Future of Faculty Work and Governance: Critical Choices for Boards and Presidents

For generations, colleges and universities have made an implicit bargain with members of the standing faculty. In exchange for expert teaching, scholarship, and service, those faculty members would receive good job stability with reasonable pay, a relatively high degree of autonomy in shaping their own work, and the privilege of contributing to a worthy cause—including through shared governance. The pandemic is accelerating a generational opportunity for boards and academic leaders to reimagine faculty roles and responsibilities. Come to this session to think freshly about the practical opportunities and challenges of this moment.

speaker information forthcoming

2:15–2:45 PM ET | Break

2:45–4:00 PM ET | Workshops

4:00–4:15 PM EDT | Break

4:15–5:30 PM ET | Stories of Board Leadership: The 2022 AGB John W. Nason Award 

Each year, AGB recognizes a few select members with its John W. Nason Award, honoring boards that go above and beyond what boards must do and take board-driven measures to advance their institutions in ways that truly matter. In 2022, recipients are recognized for crisis leadership that has advanced the educational mission in just, equitable, and inclusive ways. Come to this session to hear reflections and lessons learned by the 2022 award recipients, and engage with them to discover what you can do to encourage effective, meaningful, and courageous leadership by your board.

With Thanks to the Nason Award Sponsor AGB Sustaining Partner, TIAA

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Thursday, April 14

10:00 AM ET | AGB Experience Open

AGB’s mission is to help boards govern with knowledge and confidence. Visit us in the AGB Experience to learn about all that is available to you by virtue of membership. Get to know the AGB staff members responsible for the publications, consulting services, online tools, and other member services you rely on, and find out what’s new and what’s coming next. Additionally, spend some time checking out the many valuable resources available from AGB’s corporate partners and sponsors.

12:00–12:45 PM ET | Concurrent Sessions

Board Assessment for the Tumultuous '20s

Summit Session

Board assessment is a foundational element of good governance for all higher education governing boards. Effective assessments are learning experiences that enable boards to identify key areas of improvement, recalibrate board priorities, ensure board accountability, and demonstrate their commitment to serve the institution. Join us for this session as we review best practices and hear stories from the field about assessment in the current board climate.

Speaker:
Barbara Gitenstein, senior vice president, AGB Consulting, president emerita, The College of New Jersey

“Plugging Into Boards” on Race, Gender, and Sexuality

Has your board recently undertaken a special diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative? From those that have done so, what have we learned about governing board avenues to effectiveness in supercharging social justice on campus? Come to this session to hear scholarly and experiential insights—lessons learned and ways forward for boards that are committed to making an impact on campus climate for marginalized and minoritized populations.

speaker information forthcoming

Principles of Trusteeship: How Does One Think More Strategically

Many boards need to refocus on strategic issues, so how might trustees sharpen their strategic thinking skills? Strategic thinking is not just an elusive concept, and it’s not a born-in trait. It is a skill that can be learned like any other. Trustees owe it to themselves and their institutions to get better at it over time. This session is designed to equip board members and senior leaders with techniques to move as individuals—and ultimately boards—from reactive and operational mindsets to proactive and strategic ones.

speaker information forthcoming

12:45–1:15 PM ET | Break

1:15–2:00 PM ET | Peer Exchanges

Peer exchanges are offered for small-group, peer-to-peer learning. Facilitators are selected for relevant expertise, but rather than presenting, they will frame and guide productive question-and knowledge-sharing among conference-goers. Come prepared to participate in a rare opportunity for cross-sector learning about specific issues.

Topics and speakers forthcoming

2:00–2:30 PM ET | Break

2:30–3:15 PM ET | Concurrent Sessions

Fundamental Change at the NCAA: What Boards and Presidents Need to Talk About

Will you support compensating athletes—or participating in a conference that does? How will your institution support students engaging in commercial endorsements? In 2021, NCAA authority was substantially reduced for limiting benefits flowing from universities to student athletes, as well as athletes’ ability to secure outside income related to their names, images, and likenesses. Downstream effects are not yet clear, but one thing seems certain: NCAA affiliation will no longer help answer key questions about the business and mission of college athletics at your institution. Come to this session to get grounded in the latest developments and discuss with top experts what they mean for the work of your board.

speaker information forthcoming

Getting Presidential Transitions Right

Generational turnover in higher education’s top jobs has been accelerated by the pandemic. But the selecting a new president is only the first step. Leadership matters, and boards are responsible for ensuring every new president has the benefit of an excellent launch. The weight of that responsibility, in the current environment, is growing. Come to this session to gain experiential wisdom and ideas worth borrowing from two seasoned hands at presidential onboarding.

Speakers: 
Kirk Kolenbrander, trustee, Wheaton College; executive vice president, Southern New Hampshire University College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics; former vice president and secretary of the corporation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
James Page, former chancellor, University of Maine System

Strategic Transformation for Social Justice Outcomes

Summit Session

session description and speaker information forthcoming

3:30–4:30 PM ET | Toward Enlightened Transformation (Closing Plenary)

Governing boards need steely resolve and a clear-eyed understanding of the challenges ahead—but their ideas about the future must also be rooted in an understanding of higher education’s past and present. Early in this decade of change, what are the essential insights and sensitivities that must inform forward progress? Come to this session for an inspirational discussion of how far colleges and universities have come, what may yet be accomplished, and what boards need to know to be sage guides on that journey.

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“AGB is the receptacle for best practices whether you are hiring a new president, getting your cost structures under control, getting a strategic planning process in place to net you the outcomes you need, or determining how you’re going to respond to the challenges and disruptors facing higher education today.”

Katherine Johnson Becklin

Regent, Luther College

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