2020 National Conference on Trusteeship

April 5-7, 2020 ❘ Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center ❘ Washington, DC

Schedule

The 2020 National Conference on Trusteeship spans April 5-7. During that time registrants will have the opportunity to attend a variety of educational sessions.

Click a day below to view the sessions offered. Session titles, descriptions, and speakers will be added throughout the early-bird registration period.

Saturday, April 4

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm | Workshops I (Special AGB Member Programming)

An Orientation to Higher Education Finance

Following the dollars in college and university budgets is often not intuitive, which complicates the crafting of fiscal strategy for boards. In this session, helpful for veterans and new board members alike, participants will examine the major cost and revenue categories affecting institutions and dig beneath the surface to understand the levers and gears that drive them. Through group exercises and discussion, additional context about national trends and key regulations will also be revealed. (tags: finance committee, new board members)

Facilitator:
Rick Staisloff, founder and senior partner, rpk Group; former vice president for finance and administration, College of Notre Dame of Maryland and Shepherd University

Personal Development Plans for Trustees

Trusteeship requires skills, knowledge, and dispositions distinct from those we cultivate for other professional settings. While board member proficiency affects the effectiveness of the board and the direction of colleges and universities, boards often rely on unsystematic opportunities for board member development. In this session, participants will learn methods for assessing, acquiring, and applying new skills in one’s board service. All participants will leave with a clear framework for personal development planning for higher education board members. (tags: governance committee, executive committee) 

Facilitator:
David Moore, professor of instructional systems design and secretary of the board of trustees, Ohio University 

Enrollment Strategy for Boards

Join us for an engaging and practical workshop on board engagement as it relates to your institution’s enrollment management strategy.
In the midst of a turbulent environment characterized by stagnant enrollment, demographic shifts, and constrained resources, we’ll discuss the board’s role in supporting campus leadership to lead their institutions to attract, retain, and graduate more students.

A strong enrollment management strategy has never been as important as it is in this environment. This workshop will explore the higher education landscape and the latest trends in enrollment, along with the impact these trends are having on campuses across the country. We will cover basic enrollment management principles, signs by which your board might determine the soundness of your institution’s strategy, and KPIs that you need to understand. We’ll also discuss where trustees should be engaged with campus leadership in order to ensure your institution not only survives, but thrives, during challenging times. Lastly, you’ll hear from, and engage with, a panel of presidents, trustees, and enrollment leaders at a variety of institutions as they share about their partnership between campus leadership and trustee members to ensure their campuses’ financial success.

Facilitator:
Jessica Mireles, vice president, RNL

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | An Orientation to the National Conference on Trusteeship

First time attending AGB’s National Conference on Trusteeship? Returning, but curious about what’s new for 2020? Come to this, the first of two opportunities to plot your course through the conference with the help of AGB staff. With over 75 sessions and over 150 speakers, this is AGB’s event of the year. Whether you’re looking for advice on how to get the most out of the experience, or information to help you select appealing sessions, this is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable insights.
Facilitators:
Patricia Kunkle, vice president for membership experience, AGB
Andy Lounder, trustee, Wheaton College; director of programs, AGB

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Sunday, April 5

8:15 am – 11:15 am | Workshops II

Endowment Management 2020: Guidance for the Forward-Looking Investment Committee

Most investment committees are focused on maximizing endowment size and hedging expenditures against an uncertain future. But some 10 years following the Great Recession, with growing disparity between the haves and have-nots, how might long-standing principles need to be adjusted and the game itself reshaped? Extraordinarily competitive student marketplaces, unpredictable investment markets, and serious divisions among constituents and stakeholders will continue to stress available resources. Come to this session to go beyond best practice for building a nest egg and gain fresh perspective on how institutions can creatively and responsibly deploy invested assets to create their own opportunities.

Facilitator:
Nicole Wellmann Kraus, CFA, managing director and global head of client development, Strategic Investment Group

Best Practices for Fiduciary Effectiveness

The first job of college or university board members is to be a fiduciary of their institutions—to hold colleges and universities in trust. Board members have specific duties under state law that faculty members, students, and administrators do not. But precisely what are those responsibilities, and how can board members and boards as a whole best fulfill them? Back by popular demand, participants in this session will get a solid grounding in the elements of fiduciary duty, in law and in practice. Through interactive examinations of actual case studies, participants will learn key techniques for acting in accordance with fiduciary expectations of care, loyalty, and obedience, and they will develop a stronger understanding of the board’s relationship to various constituencies and stakeholder groups. (tags: new board members, governance committee)

Facilitator:
Tom Hyatt, senior fellow and general counsel, AGB; partner, Dentons

Fundraising for Board Members

Philanthropy is an expectation of service for most higher education boards. Yet, if one goes by the old adage of board service, “Give, get, or get off,” board member “getting” often receives short shrift. Board members today have a responsibility to expand their college or university’s philanthropic circle and facilitate impact giving. For many, this endeavor is no longer nice to have—it is imperative to long-term financial sustainability. Come to this session to learn and share key techniques that can help you cultivate and solicit donors in partnership with senior administrators. (tags: development/advancement committee, finance committee)

Facilitator:
Jim Langley, president, Langley Innovations; former vice president for advancement, Georgetown University

Leading an Effective Presidential Search

A truly effective presidential search involves multiple stakeholders — the search chair (who is often the board chair or vice chair), the members of the search committee, and the executive search consultants working on the search, to name a few. By approaching a presidential search as a partnership among key stakeholders, board and institution leaders can increase the likelihood of both a well-run search and the desired result of hiring the ideal new president. Through several case studies, expert facilitators will highlight the key elements of recent presidential searches that set the stage for successful outcomes. (tags: search committee)

Facilitators:
Roderick (Rod) J. McDavismanaging principal, AGB Search
Melissa K. Trotta, associate managing principal, AGB Search

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm | Workshops III

Mergers and Acquisitions in Higher Education

Higher education is entering an era in which consolidation will take place as a result of institutional closures, mergers and private system affiliations. While mergers will continue, a new macro trend is forming – Private System Affiliations (PSA). For sell-side institutions, PSA can provide for a softer landing while allowing the institutional entity, organization and mission to remain intact. For those institutions with leadership and sound financial standing, there is an opportunity to create a winning buy-side formula consisting of a “build, buy, affiliate” strategy. Learn about M&A strategies, the competitive market and how your institution can become “affiliate-ready.” (tags: finance committee)

Facilitator:
Richard A. Beyer, trustee emeritus, Olivet College; former trustee, American University; senior fellow, AGB

Presidential Assessment and Development

For most institutions the time when what was needed was a steady hand on the tiller is long gone. Expectations of higher education’s CEOs are increasingly ambitious, urgent, ambiguous, and fluctuating — and presidential terms of service have grown steadily shorter. In this session participants will apply learning from AGB’s newest resource on presidential assessment, which for the first time incorporates a serious treatment of presidential development. Much like the institution’s other assets, the board has a responsibility to minister to institutional leadership. Come to this session for new insights as to how. (tags: compensation committee, executive committee)

Facilitators:
Terrence MacTaggart, former chancellor, University of Maine System and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; senior fellow, AGB
Merrill Schwartz, senior vice president for content strategy and development, AGB

On-Boarding, Off-Boarding

Ramping up and winding down are key phases in any trustee’s service. College and university governing boards have always been composed of leading citizens, but by design, most are not education experts and need substantial preparation to perform the job well. Likewise, when a board member’s service has run its course, how can the board both honor that service and move forward? This session will impart key insights, principles, and tactics for managing these cycles. (tags: governance committee)

Facilitator:
Carol Cartwright, trustee, Heidelberg University; president emerita, Kent State University and Bowling Green State University; senior fellow, AGB

Board Strategies for Enhancing Institutional Equity

Practically any decision the board makes will have differential results across diverse campus populations. This has always been true, but more than ever before boards are being held accountable by various constituencies for the results of their policies, intended or otherwise. The trick is to become aware of those impacts in advance, and even to anticipate how outcomes of seemingly unrelated decisions may accumulate. In this session, join three scholars of board governance to learn today’s most forward-looking board strategies for enhancing institutional equity, which your board might adopt or adapt. (tags: education/academic affairs committee, executive committee)

Facilitators:
Felecia Commodore, assistant professor in educational foundations and leadership, Old Dominion University
Demetri Morgan, assistant professor of higher education, Loyola University Chicago
Raquel Rall, assistant professor of higher education, University of California Riverside

Leading Historically Black Colleges and Universities

HBCUs have a long history of undertaking essential work with constrained resources, but the heightened competition affecting higher education overall is compounding these historic challenges. These institutions’ historic missions — as relevant as ever — are in many cases being stressed. This is precisely why the governing board should be an indispensable partner for campus leadership, demanding and demonstrating elevated competency, judgment, and care for the institution and those it serves. Come to this session to learn how some HBCUs are mapping a path forward and how the board can add the value these institutions require.

Facilitators:
Alvin Schexnider, former chancellor, Winston-Salem State University; senior fellow, AGB
Artis Hampshire-Cowan, former senior vice president and secretary, Howard University; senior fellow, AGB

Panel Members:
Gena Ashe, trustee, Spelman College
Hilda Pennix-Ragland, trustee, North Carolina A&T State University
Huron Winstead, rector, Virginia State University Board of Visitors

Governance in the Canadian Context

Back by popular demand, this special session is offered exclusively to board members, presidents, and senior staff of Canadian colleges and universities. The goal of the workshop is to exchange learning on governance best practices and innovations to address the pressing challenges facing Canadian higher education and the Canadian people.

Facilitator:
Joseph Burke, trustee, Averett University; president emeritus, Keuka College; senior fellow, AGB

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | An Orientation to the National Conference on Trusteeship

First time attending AGB’s National Conference on Trusteeship? Returning, but curious about what’s new for 2020? Come to this, the first of two opportunities to plot your course through the conference with the help of AGB staff. With over 75 sessions and over 150 speakers, this is AGB’s event of the year. Whether you’re looking for advice on how to get the most out of the experience, or information to help you select appealing sessions, this is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable insights.
Facilitators:
Ken Knueven, managing director, AGB Consulting
Lynn Sommerville, assistant director, AGB Consulting

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Preliminary Conversations

Find new colleagues, reconnect with old ones, and learn the challenges and opportunities you share with peers from around the nation and the world. In the run-up to the formal opening of the conference, participants are encouraged to attend preliminary conversations as an opportunity to hone key questions, share new ideas, and discover essential communities. These sessions are offered in hopes that the connections they foster, and the thoughts they spark, will be instrumental throughout the conference and beyond.

LGBTQIA Members
Facilitator:
Robert Waters, vice president for programming and partnerships, AGB

Student Trustees
Facilitator:
Emily Ancinec, assistant director of programs, AGB

Private Institution Members
Facilitator:
Patricia Kunkle, vice president for membership experience, AGB

Public College and University Members
Facilitator:
Merrill Schwartz, senior vice president for content development, AGB

Multi-Campus System Members
Facilitator:
Cristin Toutsi-Grigos, senior director of public policy and strategic communications, AGB

Catholic Colleges and Universities
Facilitator:
Dennis Holtschneider, president, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Institutionally-Related Foundations
Facilitators:
Christina Jacobs, vice president for marketing and strategic communications, AGB
Tiffany Dean, senior director of institutionally-related foundation programs, AGB

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Meet AGB President Henry Stoever

AGB President and Chief Executive Officer Henry Stoever joined AGB in July, bringing his vision for growth, engagement, and impact to members, staff, and the broader higher education community. This session offers an up-close and personal view into that vision. Bring your questions and thoughts to this information gathering during which open dialogue and a lively exchange of ideas are encouraged.

Please Note: Pre-registration is required because space is limited. This is the first of three opportunities to meet with our CEO throughout the conference.

Facilitator:
Henry Stoever, president and chief executive officer, AGB

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm | Welcome and Opening Remarks

Speakers:
Shauna R. Diggs, chair, AGB Board of Directors; regent, University of Michigan
Henry Stoever, president and chief executive officer, AGB

5:15 pm – 6:45 pm | Opening Plenary Session – Higher Education Beyond Borders

Boards have a responsibility to think intentionally about the contributions of their institutions to a summation. Nearly 5,000 colleges and universities, 20 million students, $25 billion in federal research funding, and total expenditures equal to about 2.5 percent of GDP—what does it all add up to? From research on issues of global importance to “soft power” abroad to economic competitiveness and national defense, the impacts of colleges and universities are vast. Join experienced higher education and national leaders for a special discussion of what it means to uphold that responsibility.

Moderator: 
Shauna R. Diggs, chair, AGB Board of Directors; regent, University of Michigan

Panel Members:
Jeffrey Bleich, former chair, California State University Board of Trustees; former U.S. Ambassador to Australia
Lawrence M. Schall, president, Oglethorpe University
John Sexton, president emeritus, New York University; former board chair, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Ruth J. Simmons, president, Prairie View A&M University; trustee emerita, Rice University; former trustee, Princeton University and Howard University; president emerita, Brown University; former president, Smith College
Laurene Sperling, vice chair, Duke University Board of Trustees

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Opening Reception: A Celebration of Trusteeship

Join fellow higher education leaders for cocktails and hors d’oeurve. Conference registrants are welcome to attend as part of the registration fee. Additional guest tickets are available for purchase at the AGB registration desk for $100.

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Monday, April 6

7:00 am – 8:15 am | Breakfast

8:30 am – 9:30 am | Concurrent Sessions I

A Conversation with OCR

Governing boards’ fiduciary duty of obedience requires them to ensure their institutions comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including those protecting students, faculty, staff, and others from discrimination (race, sex, disability, age, and more). The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is the division of the U.S. Department of Education charged with enforcing antidiscrimination laws in educational settings. Come to this session for first-hand insights as to OCR’s current focus and priorities, and get your questions answered by OCR’s top official. Topics of discussion will include new regulations reshaping campus sexual misconduct procedures.

Facilitator:
Kenneth L. Marcus, assistant secretary for civil rights, U.S. Department of Education

Things I Wish I Knew in My First Year on The Board

Even those new trustees who have other corporate or nonprofit board experience often struggle to understand higher education environments and the governing board’s role within them. They can further become frustrated by an inability to make a difference immediately, or even to get clear about how to serve well. Guided by higher education experts who are themselves early-career trustees, participants in this session will have an opportunity to air lingering questions with the benefit of facilitator insights and discussion among peers. Come to this session to jumpstart your service, or to make the second- or third-year leap!

Facilitators:
Mary Davenport, regent, University of Minnesota System; former interim president, Rochester
Community and Technical College
Andy Lounder, trustee, Wheaton College; director of programs, AGB

The Transformative Journey of the Unity College Board of Trustees and the Tuition-Driven Institution It Governs

Innovation can’t just be a catch phrase anymore—it must be built into the fabric of the organizational ethos, especially in tuition driven colleges and universities. When the Unity College Board of Trustees and the college president realized sustainability required a fundamental reorganization of policies, practices, and structures, they set in motion an extraordinary turnaround. Today, in large part thanks to a board that chose to lead, the college has a thriving business model with a differentiated, responsive, audience-first strategy. What can you and your board learn from the case of Unity College?

Facilitators:
Melik Peter Khoury, president, Unity College
Sharon Reishus, chair, Unity College Board of Trustees

The New Work of the Finance Committee

The role of the finance committee is becoming more strategic, and pivotal for institutional vitality. The work of this committee is growing and also requires added functionality as it needs to content with issues including: quality of earnings and the institutional prosperity gap, transitioning endowment spending from the general budget to strategic investments, economies of scale, revenue growth investments, and partnerships and collaborations that could include mergers and acquisitions. Attend this session and learn about strategies for leveraging the finance committee to its fullest potential, and strategies for maximizing effectiveness.

Facilitator:
Richard A. Beyer, trustee emeritus, Olivet College; former trustee, American University; senior fellow, AGB

Strategies for Board Chairs of Independent Colleges and Universities

Board chairs lead. It is difficult to imagine a time when boards of private institutions have had a greater need for effective leadership from their chairs. The news is filled with various crises in higher education. In addition to dealing with crises, boards must navigate governance issues ranging from tight budgets and constrained financial outlooks to constituent relations, presidential transition, and board culture. What will be your leadership legacy? Come to this session to learn approaches and tactics for effective board chairmanship among peers, guided by a long-time facilitator of AGB’s renowned Institutes for Board Chairs and Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Facilitator:
David Maxwell, chair, Grinnell College Board of Trustees; president emeritus, Drake University; senior fellow, AGB

Shaking Up the Academic Affairs Committee

Academic affairs committees are changing. Some have adopted new names and acquired additional oversight responsibilities, and many are encountering novel and complex issues largely undiscussed a decade ago. This session will explore how today’s academic affairs committees are responding to the demands of students and parents, to the need to reallocate faculty resources in response to shifting enrollments, and to the increase in public and media scrutiny to the academy and events on campus.

Facilitator:
Kathleen Rogers, general counsel and secretary to the board of trustees, Simmons University

9:45 am – 10:45 am | Concurrent Sessions II

Income Share Agreements and Student Success

What are Income Share Agreements and why have they received so much recent attention – even by Congress? Learn about this concept and innovative – some suggest controversial – form of financial aid. And, discover how one institution developed a first-of-its-kind version of ISAs to support DACA students. Fund Sueños (Dream Fund) has garnered national recognition, notable philanthropic investment, an evaluation grant by the Lumina Foundation, and could serve as a tool for other institutions interested in a similar approach.

Facilitators:
Carrie Hauser, president, Colorado Mountain College
Chris Romer, chair, Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees
Terri Taylor, Strategy Director for Postsecondary Finance, Lumina Foundation

Fiduciary Fundamentals

What must board members do, or not do, to meet the legal standards of conduct that apply to them as fiduciaries? To whom do they owe a responsibility, for what are they accountable, and how should they determine whether they have satisfied their duties? What potential personal liabilities do board members face? Back by popular demand, and appropriate for new board members and old hands alike, this session will provide a concise, practical primer on the fundamental legal responsibilities of board members.

Facilitator:
Tom Hyatt, senior fellow and general counsel, AGB; partner, Dentons

Getting the Most from Your Faculty

Faculty—their capability, motivation, and coordination—are the essential fuel on which every academic institution ultimately runs. Yet, boards are ultimately responsible for the educational mission, including student outcomes. Among your institution’s assets, how much attention does your board pay to the faculty? How can your board better leverage faculty to turn the dial on academic quality? These questions are as politically fraught as they are indispensable to value-added board work. Come to this session to get sharp on how the board can avoid agitation and make a difference.

Facilitator:
Corbin Campbell, associate dean, American University School of Education

Surveying the State Policy Landscape

State polices are in many ways reshaping higher education and public perceptions of it. From budget cuts to last-dollar “free college” programs, and from campus speech to solvency-reporting, the state policy landscape is contributing to dynamic environments for colleges and universities and those they serve. Regardless of your location, market position, or structure, your institution—and therefore your board—is being affected by state policy shifts. Come to this session to learn more about the changes taking place around the country and what they may mean for you.

Moderator:
Cristin Toutsi-Grigos, senior director of public policy and strategic communications, AGB

Panel Members:
James R. Johnsen, president, University of Alaska System
Carlos E. Santiago, commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

A Conversation on Board Leadership

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. Come to this session to hear reflections and lessons learned by this year’s award recipients, and discover what you can do to encourage effective, thoughtful, and courageous oversight by your board.

Moderator:
Eleanor V. Horne, trustee, The College of New Jersey

Panel Members:
Representatives of Nason Award Recipient Boards to Be Announced

Board Accountability

As fiduciaries, the members of a governing board hold ultimate legal responsibility for the vitality of their institution or system and for its services rendered—but accountability is different from responsibility. For what must boards be accountable, and to whom? Amid remarkable public skepticism, anxiety, and division about the costs and value of higher education, understanding the answers to these questions is indispensable to board service. Come to this session to unpack board accountability in today’s environment, and what it means for you.

Moderator:
Henry Stoever, president and chief executive officer, AGB

Panel Members:
Nancy J. Cable, chancellor, University of North Carolina Asheville
Gerald Czarnecki, chair, National University System Board of Trustees
Brent Henry, vice chair, Princeton University Board of Trustees
Robert King, assistant secretary, US Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education; former president, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education; former chancellor, State University of New York

Transformational Project Involvement for Boards: Using project risk reviews to gain greater assurance

Major transformational projects (e.g., system implementations, organization restructure, major construction) challenge and impact higher education institutions every day – with significant schedule delays, resource constraints and/or budget overruns. Institutions are increasingly engaging independent resources (e.g., internal audit, external consultants) to conduct periodic project risk reviews as a critical component of their project lifecycles and system implementations. These reviews provide objective assessments of their projects, proactively identify risks and challenges, remediate issues and increase the overall likelihood of achieving project success.

This session will address how an institution can conduct project risk reviews to increase the likelihood of project success. The discussion will highlight oversight guidance for the board and audit committee while balancing the detailed review requirement needs of the project stakeholders. Throughout the discussion, the presenters will share their experiences from working on large IT projects, highlighting common risks, issues encountered, and lessons learned from conducting project risk reviews.

Speakers:
Mike Cullen, director, Baker Tilly
Raina Rose Tagle, partner, Baker Tilly

10:45 am – 11:15 am | Networking Break

11:15 am – 12:15 pm | Concurrent Sessions III

Barriers to Scaling Online Deployment: What to Look Out For

A growing number of colleges and universities are engaging in the use of emerging technologies and pedagogies to enrich the learning experience in their online courses and programs. Some institutions have engaged in this work for several years while others are newer to this work. Successful digital learning initiatives require the right combination of strategic and tactical strategies. This presentation will provide an overview of the emerging digital learning landscape and discuss the questions trustees should consider asking to help their institutions navigate this space from start to scale.

Facilitators:
Ronald Kishen, senior vice president for operations, University of the Sciences
Robin Zaccardo, chief operations and marketing manager, Six Red Marbles

Managing Reputational Risk

Many higher education governing boards have adopted enterprise risk management practices over the past decade. But risk registers, whether developed and monitored by auditors, the chief business officer, a board committee, or all of the above, are often not built to account for reputational risk. How can a board properly attend to the most dynamic and potentially disruptive elements of a college or university risk portfolio, those things which can damage or enhance its reputational currency with stakeholders and observers? Find out in this session, led by the author of AGB’s publication Risk Management: An Accountability Guide for University and College Boards.

Facilitators:
Janice M. Abraham, trustee, American University; president and chief executive officer, United Educators
Sarah Braughler, Associate Vice President for Risk Management, United Educators

Assuring Equitable Access to Quality: What Board Members Need to Know and Do

Lumina Foundation recently released a report developed by a Quality Credentials Task Force comprising 22 leaders in education, policy, and workforce development. The report, Unlocking the Nation’s Potential: A Model to Advance Quality and Equity in Education Beyond High School, presents a contemporary vision of quality credentials, quality providers of credentials, and a next-generation system of quality assurance better aligned to who today’s students are, how they pursue learning beyond high school, and what they need to succeed in a competitive global economy. This session will examine the proposed model including a set of indicators and data points that can be used as touchstones to measure progress toward more equitable access and scaling of quality programs. Participants will learn about the new model and explore the specific responsibilities of board members in creating a vision of quality for their institutions and holding leadership accountable to that vision.

Facilitator:
Debra Humphreys, vice president for strategic engagement, Lumina Foundation

Panel Members:
To Be Announced

Strategies for Board Chairs of Public Universities and Systems

Board chairs lead. It is difficult to imagine a time when boards of public institutions have had a greater need for effective leadership from their chairs. The news is filled with various crises in higher education. In addition to dealing with crises, boards must navigate governance issues such as presidential relations, sunshine laws, politics in the board room, presidential searches, institutional direction, tight budgets, and fragile government relations. What will be your leadership legacy? Come to this session to learn approaches and tactics for effective board chairmanship among peers, with the benefit of a veteran public board chair facilitating key learning.

Facilitator:
Anthony Barbar, former chair, Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees

Enabling Success: A Student Basic Needs Approach

How many of your students are losing study time, co-curricular experiences, or the opportunity to exchange learning with their peers as a result of unmet basic needs? The answer may surprise you. Food and housing insecurity affect college students in a variety of ways, but the outcome is often similar: reduced educational effectiveness and a compromised college experience. Come to this session to explore leading national research and learn more about these crucial student experiences—and what the board can do to empower student learning by addressing student basic needs.

Facilitator:
Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor of higher education policy and sociology and founding director of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, Temple University

Winds of Change: Coming Philanthropic Challenges and Opportunities

Philanthropic needs and opportunities are constantly changing, but today’s shifts introduce extraordinary uncertainty. An unprecedented transfer of wealth is underway, a distinctly new generation of philanthropists is rising, and lower returns on endowments may be the norm going forward. These realities will have a profound impact on society at large and higher education more specifically. Join us for this lively conversation to gain insights on how you can plan for these changes, how to gauge their impact on your institution, how your fundraising will need to change, and how your tuition policy, campus budget, and donor relations will be affected.

Facilitator:
William F. Jarvis, managing director, U.S. Trust

Strategic Opportunities in Graduate Education

Governing boards are increasingly curious about starting, expanding, and growing graduate programs. Graduate education is important because of the research and teaching it enables, the revenue it generates, and its direct fulfillment of educational missions. Student demand for advanced degrees and time to degree are shifting, as are public support and relevant public policies. This session provides insight into the challenges and opportunities attending today’s graduate programs and professional fields, and how the board might engage well in discussions of whether and how to develop these programs.

Facilitator:
Hironao Okahana, associate vice president for research and policy analysis, Council of Graduate Schools

Meet AGB President Henry Stoever

AGB President and Chief Executive Officer Henry Stoever joined AGB in July, bringing his vision for growth, engagement, and impact to members, staff, and the broader higher education community. This session offers an up-close and personal view into that vision. Bring your questions and thoughts to this information gathering during which open dialogue and a lively exchange of ideas are encouraged.

Please Note: Pre-registration is required because space is limited. This is the second of three opportunities to meet with our CEO throughout the conference.

Facilitator:
Henry Stoever, president and chief executive officer, AGB

Strategies for Successfully Supporting Digital Learning Initiatives

A growing number of colleges and universities are engaging in the use of emerging technologies and pedagogies to enrich the learning experience in their online courses and programs. Some institutions have engaged in this work for several years while others are newer to this work. Successful digital learning initiatives require the right combination of strategic and tactical strategies. This presentation will provide an overview of the emerging digital learning landscape and discuss the questions trustees should consider asking to help their institutions navigate this space from start to scale.

Moderator:
Kelvin Bentley, vice president of learning strategy, Six Red Marbles

Panelist:
Michele Baird, EVP, operations, Six Red Marbles

Speakers:
Erin Crisp, EdD, assistant vice president of innovation – IWU: National & Global, Indiana Wesleyan University
Ronald (Ron) Kishen, vice president – USciences Online, University of the Sciences

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm | Lunch

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1:15 pm – 2:30 pm | Plenary Session – Civic Learning and Campus Civility

Learning any academic subject can be hard. Developing personal values, and figuring out how to engage those with different views is really hard. Students and institutions alike often struggle to understand what is expected of them around what is inevitably an unplanned curriculum. Join us as we unpack with leading experts: what role colleges and universities must embrace in preparing citizens for a diverse and democratic society, what that work looks like, and how boards can be appropriately accountable for results.

Moderator: 
Jeffrey Ballou, 110th president of the National Press Club

Panel Members:
Frederick M. Hess, resident scholar and director of education policy studies, American Enterprise Institute
Catherine Ross, national trustee, Kent State University; Regents’ Professor of City Planning/Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Frank Sesno, former White House correspondent, anchor, and Washington bureau chief, CNN; trustee emeritus, Middlebury College
Rajbir Toor, student trustee, The College of New Jersey

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm | Continuing Conversations and Tabletop Conversations

Peer exchanges are offered for small-group, peer-to-peer learning. Tables will be labeled to assist participants with selection. Participants are encouraged to move among the tables as much as they wish, and everyone will have the opportunity to engage in two complete 45-minute conversations.

    • Strategic Planning
    • Board Orientation
    • Committee Leadership
    • Managing Presidential Transition
    • Public University and System Relations with Supporting Foundations
    • Board-Faculty Relations
    • Generational Change in the Boardroom
    • Trustees as Storytellers
    • Leveraging Student Reps to Boards
    • Trustees as Policy Influencers
    • Developing Good Habits of Risk Management
    • Engaging Race at the Board Level
    • How to Talk About Tight Budgets
    • Trustee Recruitment
    • Managing Conflict on the Board

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm | Recovering from the Unthinkable: Kent State University since 1970

May 4, 1970 forever changed Kent State University and the nation, as four students were killed and nine others wounded by members of the Ohio National Guard during a largely peaceful demonstration against the Vietnam War. Kent State’s experience offers insights for trustees and presidents dealing with difficult issues such as overcoming polarization, achieving reconciliation regarding painful experiences, managing crises, and modeling and supporting students in developing their capabilities for civic engagement, civil discourse, and peaceful conflict resolution. Join this highly interactive session to learn more from your peers and Kent State University leaders who will share wide-ranging perspectives and lessons learned.

Moderator:
Charlene Reed, vice president and university secretary, Kent State University

Panel Members:
Todd Diacon, president, Kent State University
Thomas Grace, history professor, activist and former student wounded by the Ohio National Guard in 1970, Kent State University
Michael Solomon, national trustee and national chair of the 50th commemoration, Kent State University
Nicholas Kollar, student trustee and member of the 50th commemoration advisory committee, Kent State University

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm | Honoring Recipients of the AGB John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership

AGB seeks to recognize governing boards that have demonstrated innovation and exemplary leadership by bestowing the AGB John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership. Serving at the pinnacle of excellence, these are boards that advance their institutions in ways that truly matter. This year we are celebrating the accomplishments of six boards that strengthened their institutions, reimagined board work, and made a significant difference to the students they serve. The 2020 recipients will be announced at the conference.

4:45 pm – 6:00 pm | Choosing College

What are the “jobs” undergraduates are hiring your institution to perform? Join education futurist and award-winning author Michael B. Horn as he reveals key findings from some 200 case studies with prospective college students and shares insights as to how institutions can design more relevant and rewarding student experiences. The first 500 conference registrants will receive Mr. Horn’s latest book, Choosing College (2019), coauthored with innovation expert Bob Moesta.

Facilitator:
Michael B. Horn, a cofounder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation and the award-winning author of five books on the future of learning

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Tuesday, April 7

7:00 am – 8:15 am | Breakfast

7:00 am – 8:15 am | Special Breakfast Session for Women Trustees

A traditional strength of American higher education governance is that board members are the very leaders of society their students must someday become. Yet even as women have surpassed men in degree attainment at every level, their numbers have stagnated in senior leadership roles in colleges and universities, including within boardrooms. Women’s voices are needed at the highest levels of leadership. As a continuum of last year’s session, AGB invites women trustees to this exclusive session to discuss women’s board service and opportunities to bring women’s voices more fully to bear as an institutional asset.

Facilitator:
Verna Fitzsimmons, the president of Higher Education Resource Services (HERS)

8:30 am – 9:30 am | Concurrent Sessions IV

The Deepening Campus Mental Health Crisis: To Whom Do We Owe Our “Ethic of Care?”

An “ethic of care” is a presumptive aspect of our work in higher education. We care about our students. We care about our colleagues. We care about the financial and reputational health of our institutions. In the growing campus mental health crisis, these priorities often stand in opposition to each other. But the question of how we support our struggling students and colleagues must be preceded by a larger question: Is this our obligation? And if it is, how do we balance the welfare of our students and colleagues with the welfare of our institutions in an era of declining resources and increasing need?

Moderator:
Lee Burdette Williams, senior director of mental health initiatives, National Association of Student Mental Health Administrators; former vice president of student affairs, Wheaton College; former dean of students, University of Connecticut

Panel Members:
Larry Roper, trustee, Heidelberg University; former vice provost for student affairs, Oregon State University
Kevin Shollenberger, vice provost of student health and well-being, Johns Hopkins University
Madelyn Wessel, university counsel and secretary of the corporation, Cornell University

Crisis Leadership (Part I): Anticipation and Preparation

Not all problems are crises, but higher education is a crisis-prone business. Developing thoughtful approaches to crisis anticipation and preparation is imperative for boards and presidents governing today. Risks, foreshadows of crises, are often ignored or underestimated. Social media accelerates the growth of problems into crises. Crises metastasize as partisan and ideological interests add fuel to the flames. Changing markets and demographics result in unavoidable, and severe, crises for many institutions. Come to this session to learn how your governing body can develop an advanced level of sensitivity and readiness for what may come.

Facilitator:
Terrence MacTaggart, former chancellor, University of Maine System and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; senior fellow, AGB

Compliance Collaboratives: The Georgia Independent Colleges Model

Understanding the need for compliance with over 270 laws applying to higher education institutions, and recognizing the costs of hiring and retaining an experienced, full-time experienced compliance offer, one association of independent colleges brought member institutions together in a bold, new approach to cost-savings by creating a compliance collaborative. With the program in its third year, this session will focus on lessons learned and identify how your institution could develop a compliance collaborative with similarly situated campuses.

Facilitators:
Lisa Macke, vice president for member services, Georgia Independent College Association
Judith W. Spain, compliance collaborative program consultant, Georgia Independent College Association

Averting Culture Clash: Managing Strategic Conversations Between the Board and Academic Leaders

Why don’t academic leaders understand that they are running an enterprise that should be more strategic, efficient and effective? Why don’t Trustees understand our world and how it is different from business? There is no doubt that trustees and academic leaders share common passion but breakdowns in communication abound. Come to this session to explore better approaches to strategic conversations between the board and faculty – what do we talk about, which nomenclature do we use, and how can we learn to work together? Join us for an exciting case-study driven session with plenty of opportunity for dialogue and concrete takeaways.

Moderator:
Paul Friga, clinical associate professor of strategy, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Panel Members:
Jim Dean, president, University of New Hampshire
Ken Knueven, managing director, AGB Consulting
Jamie Moffitt, vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer, University of Oregon

Transformation of the Financial Decision Making and Accountability Model at the University of Missouri System

Universities and colleges nationwide are feeling the pressure of flat or declining net tuition; contracting government funding; competition for students, faculty, researchers, and staff; expectations for value; and nontraditional competition, such as online learning. At the same time, institutions must continue to invest in strategic priorities. Boards have a fiduciary duty to oversee sound financial decision making. Come to this session to learn how to implement a best practices financial framework.

Speaker:
Charles Kim, managing director, higher education management consulting, Kaufman Hall
Ryan Rapp, CPA, vice president for finance; chief financial officer, University of Missouri System

Meet AGB President Henry Stoever

AGB President and Chief Executive Officer Henry Stoever joined AGB in July, bringing his vision for growth, engagement, and impact to members, staff, and the broader higher education community. This session offers an up-close and personal view into that vision. Bring your questions and thoughts to this information gathering during which open dialogue and a lively exchange of ideas are encouraged.

Please Note: preregistration is required because space is limited. This is the final opportunity to meet with our CEO throughout the conference.

Facilitator:
Henry Stoever, president and chief executive officer, AGB

9:45 am – 10:45 am | Concurrent Sessions V

Top Strategic Issues for Higher Education Boards

You know the major challenges facing your institution, but do you know what the board is accountable for, and how the board can have a positive impact when it comes to these issues? Starting with the framework of AGB’s new publication, Top Strategic Issues for Boards 2020-2021, the session leader will provide a succinct overview of how boards can, do, and should touch the big challenges, followed by an expanded Q&A period to help you get the answers you need.

Facilitator:
Ken Knueven, managing director, AGB Consulting

Crisis Leadership (Part II): Managing and Recovering

Sometimes, crisis cannot be avoided—they must be managed, and even leveraged. No matter how diligent your board and leadership team, no matter how anticipatory and prepared your institution or system, crises will happen. The governing board’s role in responding to a crisis, staying abreast of developments as they unfold and providing steady oversight concomitant with the board’s ultimate accountability for resolving the crisis, is essential. More than that, the board has a responsibility to ensure recovery from a crisis leaves the institution stronger going forward. Come to this session to learn frameworks for understanding the nature of your crisis, principles for effective board response, and keys to organizational resiliency through governance.

Facilitator:
Terrence MacTaggart, former chancellor, University of Maine System and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; senior fellow, AGB

Onboarding a New President

Higher education chief executive roles are as complex and demanding as ever, and those who hold them bring increasingly diverse backgrounds and experiences to those positions. Few new presidents have extensive experience working with governing boards; yet, beyond appointing a promising candidate, the board is responsible ensuring the president’s effectiveness and success. Onboarding a new president is indispensable, but that work is neither intuitive nor habitual. Come to this session to unpack with experts and peers what goes into a successful presidential onboarding.

Facilitators:
To Be Announced

A Federal Policy Update

Much has happened on the federal policy front over the past year, and the upcoming elections could have an even more pointed effect on U.S. colleges and universities moving forward. From DACA to accreditation, and from affirmative action to federal aid and college affordability, come to this session to better understand the status of key legislative, judicial, executive, and regulatory action affecting higher education, and get your questions answered by the top “wonks” on Capitol Hill.

Moderator:
Vic Klatt, principal, Penn Hill Group

Panel Members:
Sarah Flanagan, vice chair, Beacon College Board of Trustees; trustee, Mary Baldwin University; trustee emerita, Providence College; vice president for government relations and policy development, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Luis Maldonado, vice president for government relations, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Contemporary Approaches to Collegiate Substance Abuse

Substance abuse among students is an issue whose contours can change rapidly, and it inevitably impacts student success in meaningful ways. Gen Z’s concerns not only include alcohol and the drugs of previous generations, this group has come of age in the era of opioids and the resurgence of opiates themselves. Boards are right to ask what a modern, well-considered student substance abuse strategy looks like, including prevention and response. Come to this session to learn the shape of today’s challenges, and how to tell if your institution’s policies are keeping up with the times.

Speakers:
To Be Announced

11:00 am – 12:15 pm | Closing Plenary – Anticipating Student Demographic Shifts

What will student demand be for your institution in the next 7-10 years and what can you do to prepare? Beginning in 2026 the population of traditional-age students in the United States will decline nearly 15 percent in five years’ time across areas with the greatest number of higher education institutions today. Hear from Nathan D. Grawe, an economist and author of a new, updated edition of his book Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education as he forecasts the effects of the population shift for colleges and universities and explores how leading institutions are preparing now. Then put your questions to an expert panel —including Dr. Grawe — to develop fresh insights on promising solutions.

Featured Speaker:
Nathan D. Grawe , Ada M. Harrison distinguished teaching professor in the social sciences and professor of economics, Carleton College

Moderator:
Liz McMillen, executive editor of chronicle intelligence, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Panel Members:
Angel Perez, vice president for enrollment and student success, Trinity College
Molly Seals, trustee, Youngstown State University

12:15 pm | Conference Concludes