For Immediate Release
Cristin Toutsi Grigos
Over 500 to Meet in Largest Annual Gathering of Institutionally Related Foundation Board Members and Executive Staff
SAN DIEGO (January 23, 2020)—Over 500 higher education leaders will convene in San Diego January 26-28, 2020, for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges’ (AGB) annual Foundation Leadership Forum. The Forum provides an opportunity for foundation board members, presidents, and other executive leaders to discuss best practices, engage with peers across the country, and develop strategies for enhancing the foundation/institution partnership and strengthening governance.
The conference program will feature key sessions that focus on this year’s theme, “Now, Next: Leading for Today and Tomorrow.” Driven by changing student demographics, constrained state funding, and increased scrutiny of the value proposition of higher education, foundation boards are more important than ever to student success and institutional vitality. Highlighted sessions include:
- Higher education insiders from Virginia Tech and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership will reveal how the Virginia Tech Foundation played a pivotal role in landing Amazon’s HQ2.
- An esteemed panel of industry experts and foundation leaders will discuss and debate how best to position the university endowment as a source of perpetual value.
- Life Line Financial Group founder and University of New Mexico Foundation trustee Lameck Humble Lukanga will share his unique story and insights regarding the value of higher education and the incredibly important work of foundations.
- Author and cofounder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation Michael Horn will explain the importance of student-centric innovation in higher education, and how these innovations can affect student choices in attending and completing college.
“Our Foundation Leadership Forum is the premier event for foundation boards to gather and learn from people who share similar challenges and opportunities,” said AGB Vice President for Experiential Programming and Partnerships Robert Waters. “Year after year, attendees tell us about the tremendous benefits they receive from not only the sessions, but from the chance to network and forge relationships with their colleagues. These connections will add value not just to the conference experience, but also after attendees return home.”
Full details on the meeting, including the conference agenda, location/hotel information, and more can be found on the conference website.
The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) is the premier membership organization that strengthens higher education governing boards and the strategic roles they serve within their organizations. Through our vast library of resources, educational events, and consulting services, and with nearly 100 years of experience, we empower 40,000 AGB members from more than 2,000 institutions and foundations to navigate complex issues, implement leading practices, streamline operations, and govern with confidence. AGB is the trusted resource for board members, chief executives, and key administrators on higher education governance and leadership.