Governance Challenges Facing Higher Education
May 13, 2021 - The pandemic has strained the budgets of colleges and universities across the country. While cutting costs may be necessary for an institution to keep its doors open, a single-minded focus on financial health comes with its own set of risks.Read Article
Legal Standpoint: What Makes a Good Higher Education Lawyer?
What qualities and abilities should college and university board members and senior executives look for in their institutional lawyer? This is a highly subjective question. Personal relationships matter and depend on trust and chemistry on both sides of the relationship. …Read Article
Legal Standpoint: The Rule of Law
The Rule of Law is a principle of our constitutional and democratic form of government “under which all persons, institutions, and entities are accountable to laws that are: publicly promulgated; equally enforced; independently adjudicated; and consistent with international human rights …Read Article
Legal Standpoint: Myths About Lawyers
As is true of many occupations, lawyers suffer from misunderstandings about their roles. This includes views held by leaders of colleges and universities. Unfortunately, such misunderstandings can interfere with the lawyers’ abilities to serve their clients. The purpose of this …Read Article
Why Now Is a Great Time: Preparing for Your Board’s Governance Audit
April 15, 2020 - Perhaps unlike any other time, boards have been called to action and are navigating their campuses and institutionally related foundations through the shadows of the COVID-19 global pandemic. With their duties of loyalty, care, and obedience ever more heightened, boards …Read Article
Lessons Learned from Observing Board Committee Restructuring Initiatives
April 03, 2020 - Presidents and senior administration officials across the country are working feverishly to restructure their institutional leadership teams in real time to adjust to the significant challenges brought about by the onslaught of the coronavirus. Boards are also struggling to realign …Read Article
Legal Standpoint: What is the Legal Nature of a University?
This column starts with two caveats. First, colleges and universities come in many forms—public/private, research/undergraduate, community colleges, religious/nonsectarian, etc. (all referred to here as “universities”). The legal nature and structure of different kinds of institutions vary significantly. Second, this is …Read Article
High-Performance Governance is All About the Quality of the Questions Asked
Over the past 50 years we have served on or consulted with academic or business governing boards in the public and private, and profit and nonprofit sectors in both the United States and international arenas. Throughout our many governing experiences …Read Article
The Governance Committee (Public Institutions)
The governance committee—also known as the committee on trustees, committee on trusteeship, or committee on directors—is arguably the most important committee that a board of trustees can empower. The committee identifies, vets, and selects trustees who bring the necessary experience, skills, …View Book
Your Board Must Do the Work of the Governance Committee If You Don’t Have One!
October 15, 2019 - The right people, focused on the right issues, with the right relationships—those are the essential ingredients of an effective board, according to AGB’s recent publication An Anatomy of Good Board Governance in Higher Education. But how does a board channel …Read Article