Institute for Board Chairs and Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities

June 12-14, 2022  |  La Jolla, CA
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The most important relationship for effective governance is that between the board chair and the president. To succeed, both individuals must commit their time and talents to work as partners for the institution and the students they serve.

AGB’s Institute for Board Chairs and Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities allows chair-president teams to develop robust partnerships and create a focused agenda that moves both the board and the institution forward. Since 1985, nearly 900 teams have participated in the institute, and have found it essential to effective governance at their institutions. As a result of this Institute, board chairs and presidents will strengthen their relationship, find answers to emerging challenges, and develop an action agenda for the board.

Facilitated group sessions provide best practices in governance and effective strategies from other institutions, while president-chair team meetings and one-on-one consultations allow participants to focus on shared work at their own institutions.

By participating in this institute, participants will:

  • Enjoy highly engaging small-group sessions with higher education experts to discuss best practices and innovations in governance;
  • Develop an action agenda for improving board practice and advancing their institutions;
  • Participate in one-on-one consultations to focus on shared work at their institutions and assess the strength of their boards; and
  • Engage with a network of peers to learn from and draw upon after the institute concludes.

Event Resources


Day One: Sunday, June 12
12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 – 2:30 pm Introductions and Setting the Stage
2:30 – 3:05 pm President & Board Chair: Mutual Expectations
3:05 – 3:15 pm Break
3:15 – 4:00 pm President & Board Chair: Mutual Expectations (Continued)
4:00 – 5:00 pm Effective Governance in the New Normal
5:00 – 6:00 pm Team Meeting #1 | An Honest Assessment of Your Board: What’s Your Board’s Anatomy
6:00 – 6:30 pm Open Time
6:30 – 7:30 pm Reception
7:30 – 9:00 pm Dinner 

Day Two: Monday, June 13
7:15  – 8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 – 8:30 am Setting the Stage: A New Day
8:30 – 9:30 am Building a High Performing Board: Getting Your Board into Strategy Mode
9:30 – 10:30 am Team Meeting #2 | Building a High-Performing Team
10:30  – 10:45 am Break
10:45 – 12:15 pm Getting Your Board Risk-Savvy   
12:15 – 1:00 pm Lunch   
1:00 – 2:00 pm Team Meeting #3 | Identifying Risks and Opportunities with Your Board
2:00 – 4:15 pm Assessing and Building Board and Presidential Effectiveness
4:15 – 5:15 pm Team Meeting #4 | Assessing President and Board Effectiveness
5:15 – 6:00 pm Open Time
6:00 – 7:00 pm Reception
7:00 pm Dinner 

Day Three: Tuesday, June 14
7:00 – 7:45 am Breakfast
7:45 – 8:45 am Setting the Stage: The Final Day
8:45 – 9:45 am Renewing and Restructuring Committees
9:45 – 11:00 am Team Meeting #5 | The Leadership Team Action Plan
11:00  – 11:30 am Closing Session
11:30 am Lunch and Departure

Registration & Refund Policy

Registration Fee – $8900: The registration fee includes program expenses for both the board chair and the president, private lodging for the nights of June 12 and June 13, meals during the Institute, and program materials.

Accommodations And Travel

The Lodge at Torrey Pines
11480 N Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to AGB will issue a full refund if written notification of cancellation is provided to AGB by April 12, 2022 for the summer program. AGB will issue refunds after the meeting. No refunds will be issued for attendees who cancel after this date. AGB is not responsible for cancellations due to airline disruption, inclement weather or schedule changes.

Institute Application

To see a list of member institutions, see the Member List.

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Institute Contact

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Payment and Refund Policies

Please select your preferred payment method. Upon review and acceptance of your application, you will be contacted by the AGB Registrar to complete your payment.

Requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to Cancellations received on or before April 21, 2021 are entitled to a full refund. No refunds will be granted for cancellations after these dates.