Institute for Board Chairs and Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities

June 12-14, 2022  |  The Lodge at Torrey Pines | La Jolla, CA

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
8:30 – 9:30 am Breakfast with Henry Stoever (optional)
9:45 – 10:45 am Breakfast with Henry Stoever (optional)
Board Chairs
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Introductions and Setting the Stage
12:00 – 12:50 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:20 pm President & Board Chair: Mutual Expectations
2:20 – 2:35 pm Break
2:35 – 3:40 pm Effective Governance in the New Normal
3:45 – 4:45 pm Team Task #1
4:45 – 5:30 pm Emerging Concerns for Parking Lot
5:30 – 6:30 pm Open Time
6:30 – 8:30 pm Reception and Dinner

Day Two: Monday, June 13
7:15 – 8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 – 8:10 am The Day Ahead!!
8:10 – 9:00 am Building a High Performing Board: Getting Your Board into Strategy Mode
9:00 – 10:00 am Team Meeting #2
10:00  – 10:15 am Break
10:15 – 11:45 am Getting Your Board Risk-Savvy
11:45 am – 12:30 pm Lunch Break
12:30 – 1:30 pm Team Meeting #3
1:30 – 3:45 pm Assessing and Building Board and Presidential Effectiveness
3:45 – 4:45 pm Team Meeting #4
4:45 – 6:15 pm Open Time
6:15 – 7:00 pm Reception
7:00 pm Dinner
7:45 pm Fireside Chat – Courageous Leadership (optional)

Day Three: Tuesday, June 14
7:00 – 7:45 am Breakfast
7:45 – 8:30 am Welcome & Parking Lot review
8:30 – 9:15 am Renewing and Restructuring Committees
9:15 – 10:30 am Team Meeting #5 – Tasks 5 & 6
10:30  – 11:00 am Closing Session
11:00 am Lunch and Departure (lunch is to-go)


Thomas Flynn

Thomas Flynn, PhD, is an AGB senior fellow and president emeritus of Alvernia University (Pennsylvania), having served from 2005 to 2019. At Alvernia, he oversaw the development of strategic and campus master plans and the achievement of university status. Also completed were a comprehensive fundraising campaign and a successful effort to build a recreation, wellness, and health sciences complex. (The Alvernia University Board of Trustees named the complex for the Flynns.) The O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Public Service; the Holleran Center for Community and Global Engagement; and the widely acclaimed Reading Collegiate Scholars Program for inner-city underrepresented youth were also established and partially endowed. Previously, Flynn served as senior advisor for the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and as provost and president at Millikin University (Illinois). He spent 14 years on the faculty of Mount Saint Mary’s College (Maryland), where he was a professor of English and served as dean of the college. After earning an undergraduate degree at Boston College, Flynn received his MA and PhD in American culture from the University of Michigan. He has completed professional development programs at Harvard University and received awards for his teaching, academic leadership, and community engagement. In addition, he serves on the boards of several higher education associations.

Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran

Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran, PhD, president emerita of Kalamazoo College, retired in 2016 after serving as president for 11 years. She currently serves as an AGB senior fellow. Her previous positions include vice president and dean of the college at Salem College as well as faculty and administrative positions at Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina Wesleyan College, and Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. During her tenure at Kalamazoo, the institution heightened trustee and alumni engagement, completed an extraordinarily successful comprehensive campaign, revised the curriculum, and made considerable strides toward becoming a more diverse and inclusive campus. Wilson-Oyelaran serves on the board of trustees of United States International University Africa (Kenya), Salem Academy and College, and her alma mater, Pomona College. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for her work in higher education, diversity, and inclusion. Wilson-Oyelaran earned her BA from Pomona College and her MA and PhD from the Claremont Graduate University.

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

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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, 2022 are entitled to a full refund. No refunds will be granted for cancellations after these dates.