Institute for Board Chairs and Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities

June 17 – 19, 2019  –  Aspen, Colorado

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

Institute Agenda

Monday, June 17, Day One
12:00 – 1:15 pm
Lunch and Welcome

1:15 – 2:15 pm
Introductions and Setting the Stage

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Board, President, and Chair Responsibilities

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Board, President, and Chair Responsibilities (Continued)

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Getting Your Board Risk-Savvy

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Team Meeting #1: Identifying Risks and Expectations with Your Board

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Open Time

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Reception and Dinner

Tuesday, June 18, Day Two

7:30 am – 8:15 am

8:15 am – 8:30 am
Setting the Stage: A New Day

8:30 am – 9:15 am
An Anatomy of Good Board Governance

9:15 am – 10:30 am
Team Meeting #2: An Honest Assessment of Your Board

10:30 am – 10:45 am

10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Getting Your Board into Strategy Mode

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Team Meeting #3: Building a High-Performing Team

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Assessing and Building Effectiveness

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Team Meeting #4: Assessing President and Board Effectiveness

4:15 pm – 7:00 pm
Open Time

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Reception and Dinner

Wednesday, June 19, Day Three
7:30 am – 8:15 am

8:15 am – 8:45 am
Setting the Stage: The Final Day

8:45 am – 10:00 am
Using Committees to Support the Board’s Work

10:00 am – 10:15 am

10:15 am – 11:30 am
Team Meeting #5: The Leadership Team Action Plan

11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Closing Session

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch and Departure

Registration & Refund Policy

The registration fee for the institute is $8,475 per two-member team.

The registration fee includes program expenses for both the board chair and the president, private lodging for two nights, meals during the Institute, and program materials.

This program is available only to board chairs and presidents of independent institutions that are members of AGB.

Due to the intensive nature of the Institute, spouses and families are not included in the program. The curriculum is designed with a strong emphasis on developing the chair-president relationship through private interaction and collaboration; it makes full use of the participants’ time throughout the three-day meeting. AGB appreciates this commitment from all participants. Please contact with any questions. 

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 17, 2019. 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.


Accommodations And Travel

The St. Regis Aspen Resort
315 East Dean Street
Aspen, CO 81611