Board Responsibilities for Intercollegiate Athletics
Some of the highest-profile failures in contemporary higher education leadership are related to college sports. Board members must temper their dispositions as fans and boosters in light of their formal fiduciary responsibilities. Among the fundamental responsibilities of higher education’s leaders, …Read Brief
Trusteeship Podcast Episode 6: Fans or Fiduciaries? Boards and Intercollegiate Athletics
Aired: April 26, 2019 When it comes to intercollegiate athletics, board members should consider the totality of the student experience—from success on the playing fields to success in the classroom. Sometimes, the scales get tipped, and when problems emerge the board …Hear Podcast
Why Boards Shouldn't Be Spectators for Athletics
Frequent scandals in college sports are exposing alarming lapses in board fiduciary responsibility when it comes to the appropriate role of athletics on campus. Last April, four higher education leaders— two trustees and two presidents who are veterans of key …Read Article
AGB Board Statements
AGB Board of Directors' Statement on Governing Boards' Responsibilities for Intercollegiate Athletics
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 The following is excerpted from the introduction. Download the full statement. Since at least the 1980s, college sports have constituted an enrollment strategy at both large and small institutions. Athletic events are often important occasions for campus engagement …Read Statement
What Is the Board's Role in Overseeing Intercollegiate Athletics?
Newly introduced national health and safety guidelines have shifted board oversight for intercollegiate athletics programs. Trusteeship asked Carol Cartwright, president emeritus of Kent State University and Bowling Green State University, co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, and AGB …Read Article
The Wild World of Esports
Last spring, five Columbia College athletes squared off against rivals from Ohio State University in the Southwell Athletic Complex in Columbia, Missouri. Professional announcers provided exciting play-by-play analysis over the sound system, while lighting rigs created a dramatic atmosphere. Hundreds …Read Article
The ROI of Athletics
The relationship between intercollegiate athletics and higher education has always been less than comfortable. But like an athlete’s body that eventually wears down after years of tears, bumps, and bruises, the forces pulling at that relationship have become exceedingly strained. …Read Article
What Does HB 1897 Mean for Athletics?
We asked John Casteen, president emeritus of the University of Virginia and a former director of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, about recently signed legislation in Virginia that impacts the athletics fees colleges and universities are able to charge students. …Read Article
Can College Athletes Form a Union?
Only a few years ago, the prospect of intercollegiate athletes forming a union would have seemed improbable, indeed bizarre. But in March of last year, a regional official at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that football players at …Read Article
Will College Athletes Unionize?
In 1950, a University of Denver football player named Ernest Nemeth injured his back while practicing with the team. When Nemeth filed a workers’ compensation claim, the university found that he was a student, not an employee, and therefore ineligible …Read Article