2023 National Conference on Trusteeship: Schedule

April 2–4, 2023
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
San Diego, CA

Schedule

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Saturday, April 1

12:00 – 6:00 PM PT | Registration and Help Desk Open

12:00 – 6:00 PM PT | AGB Experience

AGB’s mission is to help boards govern with knowledge and confidence. Visit 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. Meet our corporate partners and sponsors to explore the solutions-focused resources they offer.

Sunday, April 2

8:30 – 11:45 AM PT | Strategy Summit

It is time to do strategy differently. Changes in the higher education landscape are outpacing traditional planning processes. What needs to change about the way your board operates if it is to enable transformational change for the institution itself? The AGB Strategy Summit will equip trustees and presidents to identify key strategies rapidly, engage stakeholders effectively, and respond to new challenges nimbly. Stop adopting yesterday’s plans and start authoring tomorrow’s strategies. All participants will also receive complimentary benchmarking reports following the event, courtesy of AGB Consulting.

Speakers:
Paul N. Friga
, public higher education practice area leader, AGB Consulting; former trustee, Saint Francis University
David Rowe, private higher education and foundations practice area leader, AGB Consulting; former president, Centenary College of Louisiana

12:30 – 3:30 PM PT | Bootcamp for New Trustees and Orientation Leaders

The scope of institutional challenges, the volume of transition on boards and within senior management, and changes in expectations from students and society all point to the heightened importance of a good start for each and every board member. Gone are the days when a new trustee had a year to learn on the job or when a lunch with the president sufficiently served as an introduction to the role. Boards everywhere are rethinking new member orientation for inspiration and impact. What are the key questions every board needs to ask, and what can you learn from the experiences of national and international peers? Come to this complimentary workshop to gain actionable insights and begin developing your new model.

Participant Eligibility: This session is appropriate for new trustees, board officers, governance committee members, senior staff, and anyone holding an interest in new board member orientation as a foundation of board readiness.

Speakers:
TBA

12:30 – 3:30 PM PT | Community Convening: Minority-Serving Institutions

AGB has a strong tradition of bringing together communities of peers at the National Conference on Trusteeship, including by mission. Boards and leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and other Native American-Serving Institutions, Primarily Black Institutions, and Asian-American and Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions are encouraged to attend this complimentary working meeting to gain clarity around the issues shaping the governance needs of minority-serving institutions (MSIs) going forward. Together, participants will discuss the needs of their board and leadership in relation to the field. Participants will come away with new perspectives on what they can achieve during the course of the 2023 National Conference on Trusteeship and how they can achieve longer-term aspirations well beyond.

Speakers:
Carlton Brown
, senior consultant and senior fellow, AGB Consulting; former president, Clark Atlanta University and Savannah State University

Additional speakers TBA

4:00 – 5:30 PM PT | Govern Strategically: Boards as Consequential Thought Partners in the New Normal (Welcome Remarks and Opening Plenary Session)

Scholars of leadership have sometimes observed that leadership is fundamentally about followership. The proposition that wise direction naturally leads to alignment of constituents and collective progress has seldom been more questionable than it is in our sector today. This is truly a new normal requiring adaptability, savvy, and, indeed, no small measure of perseverance by boards and leaders of colleges and universities. Come to this session for a series of hard-hitting TED-style talks from leading thinkers and experienced leaders, laying out provocative ideas for leveraging board leadership, followed by an all-star panel that will pull together cross-cutting insights.

Speakers:
William G. Tierney, university professor emeritus and founding director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education, University of Southern California
Shirley M. Malcom, regent, Morgan State University; trustee, California Institute of Technology
David Wilson, president, Morgan State University

Additional speakers TBA

5:30 – 7:00 PM PT | Evening Reception and “Top Gun” Leadership

Join colleagues and peers from around the United States and the world to celebrate AGB’s first onsite National Conference on Trusteeship since 2019. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres during a special evening discussion on the broader subject of high-stakes leadership. Hosted by AGB’s president and CEO, the reception will feature two prominent higher education leaders: one a Top Gun graduate holding the national record for carrier-arrested landings—including nearly 400 on the USS Midway, now a museum within eyeshot of the conference hotel—and the other a past under secretary of the U.S. Navy and former U.S. Air Force aerobatics instructor. Take a ride into the danger zone.

Speakers:
Henry Stoever
, president and CEO, AGB
Ted Carter, president, University of Nebraska System; former superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy; former president, U.S. Naval War College
Janine Davidson, president, Metropolitan State University of Denver; former under secretary of the U.S. Navy

Monday, April 3

7:15 – 8:15 AM PT | Breakfast Available

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM PT | Registration and Help Desk Open

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM PT | AGB Experience

AGB’s mission is to help boards govern with knowledge and confidence. Visit 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. Meet our corporate partners and sponsors to explore the solutions-focused resources they offer.

7:30 – 9:30 AM PT | Open Meeting of the AGB Council of Presidents (Presidents and Chancellors Only)

AGB convenes quarterly meetings of its advisory Council of Presidents. Chief executives of colleges, universities, and systems exclusively are invited to join an onsite meeting of this important group to learn what AGB leadership is hearing and to add to the richness of the discussion. Breakfast will be available during the meeting.

Speakers:
Henry Stoever
, president and CEO, AGB
Carol A. Cartwright, PhD, president emeritus, Kent State University and Bowling Green State University; AGB senior fellow; and ambassador to AGB’s Council of Presidents.

8:20 – 9:20 AM PT | Trustee Peer Roundtables

AGB has a strong commitment to peer learning. These role- and issue-specific roundtable sessions are designed as facilitated discussions for the exchange of insights and leading practices between participants.

Tables:

        1. Governance Committee (Public)
        2. Governance Committee (Independent)
        3. Finance Committee (Public)
        4. Finance Committee (Independent)
        5. Academic Affairs Committee (Public)
        6. Academic Affairs Committee (Independent)
        7. Student Affairs Committee (Public)
        8. Student Affairs Committee (Independent)
        9. Institutionally Related Foundations (Public)
        10. Development/Advancement Committee (Independent)
        11. Investment Committee (All)
        12. Buildings and Grounds (Public)
        13. Buildings and Grounds (Independent)
        14. Search Committee (Public)
        15. Search Committee (Independent)
        16. Committee Restructuring (Public)
        17. Committee Restructuring (Independent)
        18. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee/Taskforce (Public)
        19. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee/Taskforce (Independent)
        20. Student Trustees and Representatives
        21. Faculty/Staff Trustees and Representatives
        22. Women Trustees
        23. Predominantly White Institution Board Members of Color
        24. LGBTQIA Trustees
        25. Mission Committee (Independent)

9:40 – 10:40 AM PT | Concurrent Sessions I

International Strategies for Colleges and Universities

More information coming soon.

Speakers:
Brad Farnsworth
, Principal at Fox Hollow Advisory
Additional Speakers TBA

Leadership Strategies for Student Success: The Case of Kentucky

Hear strategies and lessons learned from governing boards, presidents, administrators, and staff participating in the Governing Board Equity in Student Success Project, led by the John Gardner Institute, AGB, and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, and funded by Ascendium Education Group. Increasing equitable student success is a priority in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and takes leadership, resources, and the commitment of stakeholders. Take away ideas for using data, incentives, leadership, and training to promote and achieve better outcomes for students.

Speakers:
Aaron Thompson
, commissioner, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
Drew Koch, president, John Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education  

Strategies for Board Leadership in Private Institutions (Part I)

It is hard to imagine a time when boards of higher education institutions have needed more effective leadership. Board chairs must lead the charge. This session provides practical, actionable insights for enhancing board engagement, productivity, and cohesiveness, all in the context of key issues today’s board leaders are likely to confront. This session is offered for current board chairs and vice chairs, exclusively; a second session, to follow immediately, is offered exclusively for board chairs, vice chairs, and chief executives.

Speaker:
David Maxwell
, president emeritus, Drake University; senior consultant and senior fellow, AGB Consulting

Strategies for Board Leadership in Public Universities and Systems (Part I)

It is hard to imagine a time when boards of higher education institutions have needed more effective leadership. Board chairs must lead the charge. This session provides practical, actionable insights for enhancing board engagement, productivity, and cohesiveness, all in the context of key issues today’s board leaders are likely to confront. This session is offered for current board chairs and vice chairs, exclusively; a second session, to follow immediately, is offered exclusively for board chairs, vice chairs, and chief executives.

Speakers:
R. Barbara Gitenstein
, president emerita, The College of New Jersey; senior vice president for consulting, AGB
Terrence MacTaggart, former chancellor, University of Maine System and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; senior fellow, AGB

Positioning the Board to Add Value in Meetings

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, participants in this session will take away practical steps presidents should (and should be expected to) undertake to get the most out of board meetings. This session is offered for college, university, and multi-campus system chief executives exclusively.

Speakers:
Jill Derby
, former regent, Nevada System of Higher Education; ambassador, AGB Council of Board Chairs; senior consultant and senior fellow, AGB Consulting
William E. Troutt, president emeritus, Rhodes College; former president, Belmont University; trustee, St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; specialist, AGB Consulting

Growing Revenue with Market-Responsive Majors: How 85 Colleges Are Fixing the Broken Business Model

Offering market-responsive academic programs such as cybersecurity, digital marketing, and data analytics is necessary to remain competitive and grow enrollment. Unfortunately, many colleges are stuck with stale, aging catalogs because launching new degree programs entails significant cost, time, and risk. As a result, these schools lose significant numbers of students every year.

While investing in growth can be impossible in isolation, 85 campuses have begun collaborating to offer new, high-skill majors that grow enrollment without significant upfront investment. This session will present case studies of a model pioneered by Rize Education and the Lower Cost Models Consortium that is generating millions of dollars for partner institutions. It will also explore the core elements of structural change all institutions must consider.

Speakers:
Patrick Farver
, chair, Adrian College Board of Trustees
Jeffrey Docking, PhD, president, Adrian College
Kevin Harrington, CEO, Rize Education
Charlie Anastasi, head of academic partnerships, Rize Education

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT | Concurrent Sessions II

What Boards Need to Know about Post-Graduate Success and Student Debt

Higher education trustees and senior leaders are responsible for the cost-value proposition of the institutions in their care. Employment outcomes, prospects for graduate study, and student debt are kitchen table topics for any family considering college, and student loan forgiveness is dramatically reshaping the national discourse on college value. What do boards need to know, and what should they affect, if they are to have a positive impact on an institution’s cost-value proposition? Come to this session for veritable facts, data in context, and forward-looking insights rooted in national expertise.

Speakers:
Justin Draeger
, president and CEO, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Lisa Helmin Foss, PhD, ambassador, AGB Council for Student Success; senior consultant, AGB Consulting

Forward-Looking Strategies for Campus Mental Health

What constitutes a forward-looking campus mental health strategy in 2023? Moreover, what kinds of investments does such a thing require, and what should boards expect returns on those investments to look like? If robust mental health services were ever a competitive advantage in the past, they are now a core expectation of students and others. And expenses have only grown in recent years. Come to this session to learn how boards can help set institutions on wise paths through hard, high-stakes decisions.

Speakers:
David Rowe
, former president, Centenary College of Louisiana; practice leader for private higher education and foundations, AGB Consulting

Additional speakers TBA

Aligning Board Committees to Strategic Planning and Performance

More information coming soon.

Speakers:
Joseph L. Chillo, LPD
, president, Thomas More University; former president, Newbury College
Heather Fehn, chief of staff and secretary to the board of trustees, The College of New Jersey
Judith A. Marlowe, chair, Thomas More College Board of Trustees

Strategies for Board Leadership in Private Institutions (Part II)

It is hard to imagine a time when boards of higher education institutions have needed more effective leadership. Board chairs must lead the charge, in close partnership with chief executives. This session will provide essential principles and techniques for collaboration between board chairs and chief executives to maximize board effectiveness in the context of today’s looming challenges. This session is offered for current board chairs, vice chairs, and chief executives exclusively.

Speaker:
David Maxwell
, president emeritus, Drake University; senior consultant and senior fellow, AGB Consulting

Strategies for Effective Chair-President Partnerships in Public Universities and Systems (Part II)

It is hard to imagine a time when boards of higher education institutions have needed more effective leadership. Board chairs must lead the charge, in close partnership with chief executives. This session will provide essential principles and techniques for collaboration between board chairs and chief executives to maximize board effectiveness in the context of today’s looming challenges. This session is offered for current board chairs, vice chairs, and chief executives exclusively.

Speakers:
R. Barbara Gitenstein
, president emerita, The College of New Jersey; senior vice president for consulting, AGB Consulting
Terrence MacTaggart, former chancellor, University of Maine System and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; senior fellow, AGB Consulting

Moving to Strategic Corporate Governance

Every board trustee knows they are responsible for setting the direction of their organization and have a responsibility to protect their organization’s best interests through exercising their three primary legal duties of the “duty of care,” “duty of loyalty,” and “duty of obedience.” Thus, the question becomes, How does this knowledge of their responsibilities and duties translate to successful board governance? The answer is for boards to engage in intentional board governance that is strategic. Intentional board governance involves being strategic in the planning and implementation of the seven essential elements of governance: board recruitment, board structure, board culture, education and development, evaluation and performance, continuous governance improvement, and leadership succession planning. Intentional board governance also includes developing and implementing internal accountability mechanisms, aligning board capability with desired board value-add. Boards set performance measures for their organizations’ management. Boards that are effective in engaging in intentional board governance also hold themselves accountable by establishing board performance metrics. This session on intentional board governance will cover how and where to begin this work. What does success look like in practice? The session will also provide experiential tips and tricks, sample documents/templates, and related tools.

Speaker:
Michael Rambert
, senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary, Morehouse School of Medicine; member, AGB Council of Board Professionals

12:15 – 1:00 PM PT | Lunch and 2023 AGB John W. Nason Awards Recognition

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

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1:00 – 2:00 PM PT | Govern for Student Success (Keynote Address)

As most board members understand intuitively, students are primary beneficiaries of the institutions we hold in trust. However, many lack necessary strategies, habits, and routines to facilitate aspirational progress. Moreover, the quality of our services often differs unacceptably by race, gender, socioeconomic background, and other student characteristics. This keynote session will deliver essential strategic insights and key questions every board must now pursue for achievement in the years ahead. In keeping with the conference theme, the keynote speaker will invite governing boards and leaders to transcend traditional agendas and reactive thinking to add value where it matters most.

Speaker:
Danette Howard
, trustee, Howard University; executive in residence, USC Race and Equity Center; former senior vice president and chief policy officer, Lumina; former Secretary of Higher Education, State of Maryland

2:00 – 2:30 PM PT | Dessert and Affinity Networking in the AGB Experience

Enjoy a sweet treat and a dedicated opportunity to connect or reconnect with peers and colleagues. Take a moment to meet AGB staff and learn more about the member benefits that can help your board take its work to the next level.

2:40 – 3:40 PM PT | Concurrent Sessions III

Lessons for Board Leadership: Insights from 2023 AGB John W. Nason Award Recipients

Each year, AGB recognizes a handful of governing boards for exemplary leadership, with the John W. Nason Award. Their stories are, by definition, inspirational and instructive. In this session, you will hear from key leaders in those boardrooms about the way they and their boards went about the work being recognized. Takeaways feature relatable insights about governing for impact and achievement. 2023 award recipients will be announced in early 2023 and recognized during the conference.

Speakers:
TBA

Strategies for Leveraging Board and Presidential Assessment

The most valuable board and presidential assessments create opportunities for leadership. While assessment can be a distraction (or worse) if done poorly, successful assessments build a common understanding of shared goals, offer insights into problems and obstacles, and establish clear steps to achieve better performance. Learn how you can use board and presidential assessments to promote alignment between presidents and boards and advance institutional goals. Bring your questions, challenges, and concerns for discussion.

Speakers:
Merrill Schwartz
, senior vice president for content and program strategy, AGB 

Making Shared Governance Work in the New Normal

According to the AGB Board of Directors’ Statement on Shared Governance, shared governance should be a “vehicle for necessary change,” but circumstances have conspired to make it a stressor for many institutions. This session will offer practical guidance for boards to navigate, facilitate, and ultimately capitalize upon robust engagement by constituencies and authorities beyond themselves. At a time when leadership is an essential resource, discourse, buy-in, and a prevailing sense of shared responsibility can be viewed as key enablers. Learn how you and your board can help set the table for success.

Speakers:
TBA

Developing and Leveraging Your Board Office

Time and attention spent on the board can easily compound the day-to-day challenges of being chief executive. Experienced presidents and chancellors commonly report spending 20-25 percent of their time on board-related work, and they often lack confidence that this is enough. What does a modern board office look like in action and in effect, and what does it take to get one? Come to this session to hear from two board professionals who have helped shape the revolution in board staffing to get up to speed. This session is offered for college, university, and multi-campus system chief executives exclusively.

Speakers:
TBA

Effectively Assess Your Institution’s Resilience and Ability to Manage Reputational Risk

This session introduces a new framework to help you, as board members, to soundly answer the question: Has our institution done everything necessary to prevent, mitigate, and if required, respond to an issue or crisis that poses a significant risk to our reputation?

As with every other area of your institution’s strategy; understanding and measuring against clear goals and objectives is the only way to evaluate capability and success. This session will help you:

  • Learn the right questions to ask;
  • Understand how to evaluate the administration’s responses, as well as the plans and programs your college or university currently has in place; and
  • Know what it takes from the board and from the leadership team to mature your program and approach.

Speakers:
Simon Barker
, managing partner, BMCG

Additional speaker TBA

4:00 – 5:00 PM PT | Plenary: An Economic Outlook and Environmental Scan for Higher Education

Drill down on socio-political and economic change with the help of two eminent economists, one whose expertise is in international finance and policy, and the other whose expertise is in the business of higher education. Far from a standard update on the economy, this session is uniquely designed to bring home to your institution and your board relevant, actionable implications of global change.

Speakers:
Catharine “Cappy” Bond Hill
, trustee, Yale University; president emerita, Vassar College; member, AGB Council for Student Success
Kathryn Dominguez, professor of public policy and economics, University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; member, Panel of Economic Advisers at the Congressional Budget Office; member, Economic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Tuesday, April 4

7:00 – 8:00 AM PT | Breakfast Available

7:00 – 11:45 AM PT | Registration and Help Desk Open

7:00 – 11:45 AM PT | AGB Experience

AGB’s mission is to help boards govern with knowledge and confidence. Visit 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. Meet our corporate partners and sponsors to explore the solutions-focused resources they offer.

7:15 – 9:15 AM PT | Open Meeting of the AGB Council of Board Chairs (Chairs and Vice Chairs Only)

AGB convenes quarterly meetings of its advisory Council of Board Chairs. Board chairs and vice chairs exclusively are invited to join an onsite meeting of this important group to learn what AGB leadership is hearing and to add to the richness of the discussion. Breakfast will be available during the meeting.

Speakers:
Jill Derb
y, senior fellow, AGB; ambassador, AGB Council of Board Chairs; past chair, Nevada Board of Regents
David Maxwell, senior consultant and fellow, AGB; ambassador, AGB Council of Board Chairs; past president, Drake University
Henry Stoever, president and CEO, AGB

8:00 – 9:00 AM PT | Concurrent Sessions IV

Leadership Principles for Equitable Student Success

Success for all students is a transformational concept and an ambitious goal that is more attainable and sustainable with board support and engagement. With the help of an expert advisory group and support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, AGB has developed principles for board leadership in this area, including essential board roles and responsibilities. This new guidance provides a pathway for boards to improve institutional performance. Session participants will take away tools, resources, and new ideas to share with their institution’s board and administration.

Speakers:
Carlton Brown
, senior consultant, AGB
Raquel Rall, associate professor, University of California Riverside
Merrill Schwartz, senior vice president, content and program strategy, AGB 

Organization-Building for Boards

Many boards and leaders, even if only in quiet moments, are realizing, “We’re just not built for the work ahead.” Time is not often on their side. Participate in this session to interrupt incremental thinking and gain clear, actionable insights about how boards and leaders can create new organizational structures, cultures, and operating rhythms to facilitate paradigmatic change.

Speakers:
Paul N. Friga
, practice leader for public higher education, AGB Consulting; former trustee, Saint Francis University
Richard A. Beyer, senior fellow and practice leader for mergers and Affiliations, AGB Consulting

Philanthropic Governance in the New Normal

Many institutions have emerged from pandemic governance to discover the shape of philanthropy has changed dramatically. Governing boards must ensure their institutions are prepared to adapt to new realities in the interest of essential resources to match dynamic strategies—and quickly. Come to this session to gain valuable awareness about contemporary sources of wealth, forward-looking strategic investments peers and competitors are making in their fundraising enterprises, and key questions boards must ask to ensure philanthropic dollars enable, rather than constrain, institutional vitality.

Speakers:
David Bass
, executive director for philanthropic governance, AGB

Additional speakers TBA

A Federal Policy Session Update

More information coming soon.

Speakers:
TBA

Maximizing Your Social Media Success

Few higher education chief executives arrive on the job with savvy, sophisticated social media strategies. Far from your typical crash course in social media minefield navigation, come to this session for expert insights on how to craft a social media presence that systematically enhances your position with key stakeholders, including the board, and positions the institution for achievement. Participants will come away with a framework for strategy development and practical steps for getting started. This session is offered for college, university, and multi-campus system chief executives exclusively.

Speakers:
Jessica Pucci
, Senior Associate Dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University

9:20 – 10:20 AM PT | Concurrent Sessions V

Strategic Conversations and Collaborative Leadership for Business Model Vitality at Small Colleges and Universities

Are you concerned about the current and future financial vitality of your small college? Do your board and leadership talk meaningfully about their concerns? Board members and key administrators can learn how to approach these conversations strategically in order to assess the strength of their institution’s business model, recognize whether they are approaching an inflection point, and consider timely alternatives. Learn about resources and tools developed by AGB, Baker Tilly, the Council of Independent Colleges, and the National Association of College and University Business Officers to engage the board and administration in productive conversations and planning.

Speakers:
Stephen Golding
, senior consultant, AGB; board chair, Washington College 

Presidential Transitions for Transformation

Too often, the only constant is change. That reality does not comport with an objective of institutional transformation. The duration of a presidency is often determined within the first nine months on the job, which begs the question of how the board can ensure an impeccable transition. Does your transition plan include all parts of the campus community? How will the president become sensitive to the interests and idiosyncrasies of key influencers? In which ways might a new president enjoy an early mulligan from the board, and which paths are more fraught? Come to this session for straight talk and clear guidance for ensuring the presidential transition provides essential leadership momentum.

Speakers:
Carlton Brown
, senior fellow, AGB; former president, Clark Atlanta University and Savannah State University
Aristide J. Collins Jr., vice president, chief of staff and secretary of the university, George Washington University

How to Work with Your Board Chair

A successful working relationship between the president and the board chair is often determinative of presidential longevity, board impact, and of course institutional vitality. This session will go beyond platitudes and metaphors and deliver experiential wisdom and leading practices in the interest of a solid working partnership. Facilitated peer learning will be an important element of the session, in addition to the panel discussion. This session is offered for college, university, and multi-campus system chief executives exclusively.

Speakers:
Linda Gooden
, chair, University System of Maryland Board of Regents

Additional speakers TBA

The Writing is on the Wall: Ethical Governance through Closure

The reality is more colleges and universities are going to shutter in the coming years. Some will live on, after a fashion, and some will close outright. As one who holds a failing institution in trust, what are the key considerations, mindsets, and principles that will help you to uphold your responsibility? Come to this session for experiential wisdom from those responsible for graceful wind-downs. Insights will be valuable both to leaders of struggling institutions and those who may be seeking to partner or acquire.

Speakers:
Joseph L. Chillo
, president, Thomas More University; former president, Newbury College
Dena Davis, trustee, Emerson College; former trustee, Marlboro College; endowed presidential chair in health and professor of bioethics and religion studies, Lehigh University
James E. Lyons, Sr., trustee, Columbia College Hollywood; former Trustee, Dillard University and Thomas Jefferson University; former president, California State University Dominguez Hills, Jackson State University, and Bowie State University

10:45 – 11:45 AM PT | Govern for Talent (Closing Plenary Session)

Talent acquisition and retention in higher education has entered a remarkably volatile period. From the board and senior leadership team to rank-and-file staff and the faculty itself, churn is a major concern. Boards are traditionally reserved when it comes to policy oversight affecting human resources, but few will have the privilege of remaining so in the years to come. What kinds of guiding stars, principles, and prerogatives should boards embrace, and what should they expect of chief executives? Come to this session for cross-sector insights on talent that will help you think more deeply about your board’s responsibilities and role.

Speakers:
E. Gordon Gee
, president, West Virginia University; former president, Ohio State University, Brown University, and the University of Colorado System; former chancellor, Vanderbilt University
Hollis Robbins, dean, University of Utah College of Humanities

Moderator:
Rod McDavis
, managing principal, AGB Search; president emeritus, Ohio University

Additional Speakers TBA

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  • Early bird deadline: December 1, 2022
  • Deadline for cancellation: February 28, 2023
  • Deadline to receive discounted hotel rate: March 9, 2023

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to cancellations@AGB.org and will be processed after the meeting. Requests for refunds must be received by close of business on February 28, 2023, to receive a full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued for registrants who cancel after February 28, 2023. If you are unable to attend, a substitute is welcome in your place at no additional charge. AGB is not responsible for cancellations due to airline disruption, inclement weather, COVID-19, or schedule changes.

Group Discounts: If a cancellation causes the group to fall below the required three registrations, the refund will be issued minus the discount benefit received by the original group.

Hotel Information

AGB has secured a room block at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego for National Conference on Trusteeship attendees at a group rate of $309 per night (exclusive of 12.5% taxes). A link is included in the registration confirmation to allow registered attendees to book their hotel reservation.

COVID-19 Guidelines

AGB encourages all conference attendees to review and follow CDC recommendations for individuals participating in large gatherings. AGB will comply with current federal, state, and local regulations regarding COVID-19 safety protocols and applicable policies of the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. We will contact conference participants prior to the event with information on the most current recommendations and requirements.

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