Institute for Board Leaders and Chief Executives of Public Universities and Systems

April 13-14, 2019  –  Orlando, Florida

Since it was founded by board chairs of state universities in 1921, AGB has prioritized assistance to board leaders and chief executives in ensuring their essential partnership is healthy and up to the challenges of the day. Public higher education today must be at once responsive, anticipatory, reliable, and durable in navigating dynamic environments. Please join us this spring for a program dedicated to the imperative of “leadership in changing environments.”

Facilitated group sessions provide best practices in governance and elicit effective strategies from fellow participants, while team meetings between chief executives and board leaders and one-on-one consultations allow participants to focus on shared work back home.

Participant teams enjoy a dedicated, well-structured one-and-a-half day program to:

  • develop shared understandings of mutual and respective responsibilities
  • gain clarity together on what effectiveness looks like
  • develop a governance action plan to strengthen the board and address high-level challenges

Expert-led discussions allow participants to learn from others, developing a network of peers they can draw upon after the Institute concludes. Key to the experience is the team time for board leaders and chief executives to work together, collaborating on ideas for moving their boards and universities forward.


Saturday, April 13

8:00 am | Welcome and Setting the Stage

  • Program overview
  • Participants’ expectations for the Institute

8:45 am | Module One: Effectiveness in Leadership

  • Roles and responsibilities
    • fiduciary responsibilities of the board
    • major responsibilities of the chief executive
    • special responsibilities of the board chair
      • who does what and when?
  • Building effectiveness in a politically structured body

10:30 am | Module One continued: Mutual Expectations of the Chief Executive and Board Leaders

  • Engendering trust in the relationship
  • What is expected of one another to assure mutual success

2:00 pm | Module Two: Leading in an Environment of Change

  • Identifying key risks and strategic challenges for public higher education
  • Break-out discussions
    • crisis leadership in a risk-averse culture
    • anticipating a crisis

Sunday, April 14

8:30 am | Module 3: Chief Executive and Chair Communication with the Full Board

  • Building a positive board culture
  • Board ownership of its agenda
  • Developing a board culture of innovation

12:00 pm | Adjournment and Optional Lunch

Location: Florida 4

During the luncheon we will recognize this year’s recipients of the Oustanding Board Professionals Award.

Running concurrently with lunch, the Resource Fair presents an opportunity for board professionals to see and hear about innovative practices being produced by other campuses and innovative technologies to use in the board room. During the fair, we will also showcase Ning, AGB’s board professional networking site. Stop by each booth to get a raffle ticket for a special drawing that will take place at the closing plenary on Sunday.

The Institute was held at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, Florida.

Hilton Orlando
6001 Destination Parkway
Orlando, FL 32819

  • Fran Albrecht, chair, Montana University System Board of Regents
  • Anthony Barbar, chair, Florida Atlantic Board of Trustees
  • R. Barbara Gitenstein, president emerita, The College of New Jersey
  • Terrence MacTaggart, former chancellor, University of Maine System and Minnesota State Colleges & Universities