AGB Board of Directors Elects New Chair and Vice Chair

By AGB July 1, 2024 Press Releases
Press Release

For Immediate Release
Morgan Alexander

WASHINGTON,DC (July 1, 2024)—TheAssociation of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges(AGB) announced today that its board of directors has elected several new officers, including a new board chair. Ross A. Mugler and Paul Brajcich will serve as chair and vice chair of the board, respectively.  

The Honorable Ross A. Mugler is the commissioner of the revenue for the city of Hampton in Virginia. He has served on AGB’s board since 2018, and as vice chair since 2022. Mugler is a five-time gubernatorial appointee to the Old Dominion University Board of Visitors (BOV) and is the longest-serving BOV member at a single institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He currently is chair of the Athletics Committee and previously served as rector of the BOV. In addition, he is a member of the Virginia Peninsula Community College Educational Foundation Board of Directors and has served numerous times as the foundation’s president. 

“I’m proud to be chosen as AGB’s next chair,” said Mugler. “Governance challenges rarely used to make headlines. Now they’re routine, often because of something a board has done when others seek to intrude on the board’s independence. In my time with AGB, I’ve had the chance to speak with board members from around the country. Many want to know how to center students and the mission at the heart of board members’ decisions, but feel hamstrung by outside forces. AGB is all about advancing board governance, and I’m determined to elevate that goal with new ideas and opportunities.” 

“Ross is a true statesman and a dedicated public servant with long-standing and significant experience in serving on and leading the board of a multifaceted institution. He is well-positioned to provide thought leadership and sound guidance to AGB professional staff and member institutions as he contributes his expertise and insight at the national level,” said Brian O. Hemphill, PhD, president of Old Dominion University. “I am confident that he will continue to implement and share best practices for our complex and critical work. Old Dominion University and the Commonwealth of Virginia are honored to be represented by Ross in this important role.” 

Paul Brajcich is a new vice chair of the AGB Board of Directors and serves on the board of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where he previously served as the board chair. He is a retired managing partner for RSM US LLP in the Pacific Northwest, where he led the strategy, service implementation, and growth of the company for that part of the country. His experience on several corporate and nonprofit boards gives him deep insight into technology, consumer products, and health care. 

“Part of the board’s role at AGB is to help the organization think strategically about the long term, on both the issues and methods needed to meet today’s governance challenges,” said Brajcich. “The board is lucky that we benefit from the many governance resources that the association produces. It’s a symbiotic and powerful relationship.” 

The AGB Board of Directors comprises higher education board members, governance experts, and thought leaders. In addition to overseeing the association’s strategic priorities, directors regularly contribute their knowledge to programs and content, such as webinars, blog posts, and Trusteeship magazine articles. 

About AGB
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