New President Toolkit

How to use this toolkit.

Every new college and university presidency involves transition as the past president departs and the new chief executive’s tenure begins. But how successfully the transition unfolds depends on how well the new president is able to establish productive relationships with the board, the administration, and the faculty, staff, and students. And how well the board and administration plan for this pivotal moment may determine the success of the presidency.

AGB understands that establishing these relationships is critical to assisting presidents and their boards—and institutionally related foundations of public institutions—in charting a smooth trajectory for the president’s early initiatives and beyond.

To that end, AGB has developed the New President Toolkit, which includes a host of resources that enable the new president to hit the ground running and chart a course for their institution that ensures well-being and sustainability. Take the following steps to get started.

  1. Schedule an executive committee meeting to discuss toolkit resources. (Note: An AGB facilitator can walk you through the items in this toolkit. Contact AGB Consulting for more information and assistance.)
  2. Discuss how the president and board might work together to implement lessons learned and recommendations from this toolkit.
  3. Follow up with AGB for coaching. AGB experts offer ongoing support to help presidents work effectively with the board and make an impact.

Presidents, Boards, and Board Chairs

The President-Board Chair Relationship

Trusteeship Magazine article from November/December 2014
AGB

Board Chair-President Relations

Blog Post
by Merrill P. Schwartz

The Governance Committee: Public Institutions

Appendix A: Illustrative Statement of Commitment and Responsibilities

2019
by Carol Cartwright

Effective Board Chairs: A Guide for University and College Chairs

Chapter 2: Essential Responsibilities for Board Chairs, Section 3: Establish a Mutually Supportive Relationship with the President

2016
by Jeffrey B. Trammell

A President’s Guide to Effective Board Leadership

Executive Summary

2021
by William E. Troutt

The Presidency

The 21st-Century Presidency: A Call to Enterprise Leadership

Trusteeship magazine article from July/August 2017
by Terrence MacTaggart

Assessing and Developing College and University Presidents

Chapter Five: Developing Enterprise Leaders

2020
by Terrence MacTaggart

A Complete Guide to Presidential Search for Universities and Colleges, Second Edition

Chapter 14: Launching a New Presidency

2018
Edited by Joseph S. Johnston Jr. and James P. Ferrare

Key Responsibilities

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Fundraising Campaigns in Higher Education: A Practical Guide for Governing and Foundation Boards

Chapter 13: Board Member Roles

2021
Edited by John Lippincott and Tom Mitchell

Understanding Enrollment Management: A Guide for College and University Board Members

Chapter Three: Enrollment Management and Institutional Mission

2020
by Don Hossler and Jerome A. Lucido

Marshaling the President’s Cabinet for Effective Governance

Trusteeship magazine article from March/April 2015
by Artis Hampshire-Cowan

Contact AGB.

To learn how AGB can further support your president and board, please contact 202-776-0865 or membership@AGB.org. Or use this contact form.