Institute for Board Chairs and Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities 2023

June 11–13, 2023 | Four Seasons Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN
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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.

Click to view a list of current and past attendees of the Institute for Board Chairs and Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities

2018-2023 Registrants
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
Adler University
Agnes Scott College
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Albertus Magnus College
Albizu University
Albright College
Alma College
Alvernia University
Aquinas College
Arizona Board of Regents
Augsburg University
Austin College
Averett University
Baylor University
Becker College
Benedictine University
Brevard College
Cabrini University
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
Capital University
Carlow University
Carthage College
Cedar Crest College
Centenary College of Louisiana
CETYS University/IENAC
Champlain College
Columbia College
Connecticut College
Converse College
Cooper Union
Cornish College of the Arts
Covenant College
Dakota Wesleyan University
DePauw University
DeSales University
Doane University
Dominican University of California
Earlham College
Endicott College
Felician University
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Furman University
Gallaudet University
Georgian Court University
Gonzaga University
Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science
Goucher College
Graceland University
Grinnell College
Gustavus Adolphus College
Hollins University
Illinois College of Optometry
Indiana Tech
Ithaca College
Johnson & Wales University
Kansas Wesleyan University
La Salle University
Life Chiropractic College West
Lindenwood University
Logan University
Loyola University Maryland
Luther College
Macalester College
Malone University
Manchester University
Marist College
McDaniel College
McMurry University
Mercy College
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Misericordia University
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Molloy University
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Saint Mary College
Mount St. Joseph University
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Neumann University
Nightingale College
Norwich University
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
Philander Smith College
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Quinnipiac University
Randolph-Macon College
Rider University
Ringling College of Art and Design
Rockford University
Rocky Vista University
Rosemont College
Russell Sage College
Saint Mary’s College
Saint Xavier University
Sarah Lawrence College
Schreiner University
Scripps College
Southern California University of Health Sciences
Southwestern College
Southwestern University
Spartanburg Methodist College
St. Ambrose University
St. Lawrence University
The American University of Paris
The Claremont Colleges, Inc.
Thiel College
Thomas More University
Trinity University
Trocaire College
Universidad Zamorano, Honduras
University of Dallas
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Redlands
University of the Pacific
University of Western States
Vanderbilt University
Voorhees College
Walsh University
Westminster College
Westmont College
Whittier College
Widener University
Wiley College
William James College
York College of Pennsylvania

2011-2017 Registrants
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
Abilene Christian University
Adelphi University
Adler School of Professional Psychology
Albright College
Alma College
Alvernia College
Antioch University
Antioch University-Los Angeles
Ashland University
Augsburg College
Averett University
Avila University
Beacon College
Berea College
Bethany College
Bethune-Cookman University
Boston Architectural College
Butler University
Cabrini College
California Western School of Law
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
Capital University
Case Western Reserve University
Central College
Champlain College
Colby-Sawyer College
College of Saint Benedict
College of Wooster
Columbia College
Dakota Wesleyan University
Doane College
Edgewood College
Elizabethtown College
Excelsior College
Felician College
Franklin College
Franklin Pierce University
Gallaudet University
George Washington University
Gettysburg College
Goddard College
Grinnell College
Gustavus Adolphus College
Gwynedd-Mercy College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hood College
Illinois College
Illinois College of Optometry
Iowa Wesleyan College
John Carroll University
Kalamazoo College
Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences
Kettering College
La Roche College
Laboure College
Lasell College
Lehigh University
Logan University
Loyola University Maryland
Lynchburg College
Manchester University
Manhattanville College
Marylhurst University
Marymount Manhattan College
Memphis College of Art
Meredith College
Mills College
Misericordia University
Monmouth University
Mount Holyoke College
Mount St. Joseph University
National University
New York School of Interior Design
Niagara University
Nichols College
NonProfit Leadership Services
Ottawa University
Our Lady of the Lake University
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
Pacific Oaks College
Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School
Pacific Union College
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Point Park University
Principia College
Quest University
Rhode Island School of Design
Rider University
Ringling College of Art & Design
Rollins College
Roosevelt University
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Saint Joseph’s College, New York
Saint Leo University
Saint Mary’s College
Salve Regina University
SDA Higher Education Cabinet
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
Southern California College of Optometry
Southwestern College
Texas Wesleyan University
The College of Idaho
The College of New Rochelle
The College of Wooster
The Sage Colleges
Trinity College
Union Theological Seminary
Unity College
Universidad de Monterrey
University of La Verne
University of New England
University of New Haven
University of Scranton
University of St. Francis
University of the Pacific
Utica College
Viterbo University
Warren Wilson College
Westminster College
Wheelock College
Widener University
Wilberforce University
Wilkes University
William Jewell College
Wilson College
Wittenberg University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University

Event Resources


(subject to change based on curriculum)

*All times Central

Day One: Sunday, June 11, 2023
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Optional Breakfast for Presidents with Henry Stoever
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM Optional Breakfast for Board Chairs with Henry Stoever
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Introductions and Setting the Stage
12:00 PM – 12:50 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM President & Board Chair: Mutual Expectations
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM Break
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Effective Governance in the New Normal
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Team Task #1
5:00 PM – 5:15 PM Reception and Dinner
5:15 PM – 6:00 PM Open Time
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Reception/Dinner/Networking Time

Day Two: Monday, June 12, 2023
7:15 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM – 8:05 AM The Day Ahead!
8:05 AM – 8:55 AM Building a High Performing Board: Getting Your Board into Strategy Mode
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Team Meeting #2
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM – 11:50 AM Getting Your Board Risk-Savvy
11:50 AM – 1:30 PM Lunch Break & Team Meeting # 3
1:30 PM – 3:45 PM Assessing and Building Board and Presidential Effectiveness
3:45 PM – 4:45 PM Team Meeting #4
4:45 PM – 6:00 PM Open Time
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Reception/Dinner/Networking Time

Day Three: Tuesday, June 13, 2023
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM – 8:05 AM Welcome/Setting the Stage
8:05 AM – 8:55 AM Renewing Committees
8:55 AM – 9:30 AM Parking Lot review
9:30 AM – 11:15 AM Team Meeting #5
11:15 AM – 11:45 AM Closing Session
11:45 AM Box Lunch and Departure


Shannon McCambridge, J.D., LL.M., Senior Consultant, AGB Consulting

Shannon McCambridge

Ms. McCambridge brings many years of experience in higher education governance, having served four terms on the board of trustees of Gonzaga University, where she now serves as trustee emerita. As a trustee she chaired both the Academic Policy Committee and the Governance Committee for many years. She currently serves on the Legal Committee, the Long-term Planning Committee, and the Committee on Trustees and Governance. During her trusteeship she helped draft and implement a number of best practices for Gonzaga, including its first New Trustee Orientation Program. In addition to her experience as a trustee, Ms. McCambridge brings to the institute her expertise as a consultant for AGB Search–where she aids in the selection process of higher education leaders–and her professional background practicing and teaching employment law. Ms. McCambridge graduated with honors from three institutions: Gonzaga University (B.A.), William Mitchell College of Law (J.D.), and John Marshall Law School (LL.M).

Thomas Flynn, Sr. Consultant and Sr. Fellow, AGB

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.

Registration and Refund Policy

Registration Fee – $9,495: The registration fee includes program expenses for both the board chair and the president, private lodging for the nights of June 11 and June 12, meals during the Institute, and program materials. (Third attendee $4747.50)

Accommodations and Travel

Four Seasons Minneapolis
245 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401

The registration fee includes program expenses for both the board chair and the president, private lodging for the nights of June 11 and June 12.

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 10, 2023 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.

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