AGB One Day Workshop: Managing Risk, Change, and Opportunity in Higher Ed

October 3, 2019
8:00 AM–3:00 PM ET
Hilton Boston Logan Airport
1 Hotel Drive
Boston, MA 02128

Boards and leaders must be able to respond to crisis and risk in all forms and act on the opportunities that change presents. Learn how during this free workshop from AGB Consulting around the theme of managing risk, change, and opportunity in higher ed. Topics covered by the expert panel include risk/crisis management, enhancing board effectiveness and communication, developing revenue growth initiatives linked to emerging industry trends, and affiliations, mergers, and other long-term strategic options.

Panelists include Dr. Terry MacTaggart, former chancellor of the University of Minnesota and University of Maine systems and Fulbright scholar; Mr. Rick Beyer, a former university president, telecommunications industry executive, and board chair; Ms. Elizabeth Alvarado, Director of AGB Consulting; and Mr. Ken Knueven, managing principal of AGB Consulting, former director of Microsoft Public Sector, and the founder of the tech company Nuecors.

The goal of this interactive day-long workshop is to explore the linkages among leadership, risk, change, and opportunity and to provide attendees with a forum to learn, ask questions, and work through issues at their own institutions.

AGB welcomes our members to join us for this productive workshop in Boston!


  • This event is provided free of charge by AGB Consulting, a service of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.
  • You must be registered to attend. Attendees should bring questions and their issues or pain points to discuss with the panelists.
  • A light breakfast, beverages, and lunch are provided.
  • Absolutely no solicitations, product demonstrations, or sales pitches from attendees are allowed.
  • Rooms in the AGB room block are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • This workshop will not be recorded or distributed; attendees must be present to receive the workshop materials.

8:00 a.m.


8:45 a.m.

Welcome and introductions

9:00–10:30 a.m.

Session 1 – Crisis leadership for boards and presidents: Anticipating, managing, and leading beyond

Panelist:  Dr. Terry MacTaggart is former chancellor of both the Minnesota State University System and the University of Maine System, and a senior fellow of AGB. His book on crisis management will be published by AGB Press in spring 2020. Read his recent article,  Cracking the Code on Board Leadership in a Time of Crisis in Trusteeship magazine.

The first session delves into the topics of risk and crisis. It covers what boards and presidents can, should, and must do so their institutions can respond to the challenges and opportunities that change, risk, and crisis present.

10:15–10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Session 2 – Navigating the affiliation, merger, and long-term strategic option environment

Panelist:  Rick Beyer is a former university president, telecommunications industry executive, and board chair, and is senior lead consultant of AGB Consulting and the special advisor to the AGB president. Read his recent article: Mergers and Affiliations in Trusteeship magazine.

Opportunities abound in the turbulent higher ed industry for institutions to leverage long-term strategic alternatives, like affiliations. This session focuses on effective affiliation strategies and how boards and leaders can seize opportunities to mitigate risk and ensure future prosperity.

12:00–12:45 p.m.

Networking Lunch

12:45–1:45 p.m.

Session 3 – Supercharged boards and leadership:  Enhancing communication and effectiveness

Panelist: Elizabeth Alvarado is the director of AGB Consulting.

This session focuses on the strategic importance of board communication, board-president relations, and assessing board effectiveness to produce stronger outcomes for the institution.

1:50–3:00 p.m.

Session 4 – Growing revenue: Identifying, developing, and implementing strategic growth initiatives

Panelist: Ken Knueven is managing principal of AGB Consulting, former director of Microsoft Public Sector, and the founder of the tech company Nuecors.

This session focuses on identifying, developing, and implementing revenue growth opportunities based on industry trends aligned with your institutional mission and goals.