Support for Each Board Role

Resources to support your specific duties.

Each role on the board plays an important part in contributing to strategy and effective oversight. We help board members understand their role on the board and prepare to lead effectively in that role. Browse a selection of AGB resources curated for:

Each role on the board plays an important part in contributing to strategy and effective oversight. We help board members understand their role on the board and prepare to lead effectively in that role. Browse a selection of AGB resources curated for:

Board Chair

  • Learn what constitutes an effective board chair.
  • Understand how to cultivate a strategic board.
  • Enable development opportunities for your full board and individual board members.
  • Strengthen the partnership with your president/chief executive and provide guidance on developing an action plan for your board.
  • Identify the top strategic issues that demand your board’s oversight.
  • Understand leading practices for improving board dynamics.
  • Join an Ask the Expert session for an open Q&A about critical issues and decision making when you need it.
  • Engage with an AGB advisor for strategic and financial model transformation.
  • Engage a governance review and action plan for strengthening governance.
  • Find qualified presidential candidates for leading your institution in the future.
  • Establish appropriate and effective contracts and compensation for the chief executive.
  • Assess presidential leadership and build stronger performance and a succession plan.
  • Evaluate current and future board composition.
  • Understand current and emerging federal and state policy issues that will affect your institution.
  • Receive guidance for crisis leadership and communicating with stakeholders.
  • Connect with a network of board chairs for sharing knowledge and experience.

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Board Professional

  • Learn how to structure effective meetings.
  • Identify ways to work effectively with committees.
  • Orient new board members to governance.
  • Improve board dynamics.
  • Find needed resources on key strategic issues and increase your value as a trusted advisor to the president and board.
  • Facilitate a board assessment to identify strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement.
  • Understand leading practices for engaging students, faculty, and staff with the board.
  • Connect with a community of board professionals to learn from and share ideas.
  • Learn leading practices for managing crises and communicating with stakeholders.
  • Engage an AGB workshop for your board meetings and retreats to provide continuous education and strengthen governance.
  • Leverage AGB’s dedicated concierge to find relevant pre-reading resources for your board meeting agenda.

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President/Chief Executive

  • Understand how to work productively with the governing board.
  • Help the board fulfill its role and understand the difference between governance and administration.
  • Get the tools needed for onboarding new board members and ongoing board education.
  • Learn how to anticipate, manage, and lead through crisis.
  • Develop the cabinet’s understanding of good board information and appropriate committee support.
  • Prepare for a presidential assessment.
  • Strengthen your partnership with your board chair and develop an action plan for your board.
  • Hone fundraising skills to help your institution prosper.

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All Board Members

  • Learn leading practices for managing crises and communicating with stakeholders.
  • Engage an AGB workshop for your board meetings and retreats to provide continuous education and strengthen governance.
  • Leverage AGB’s dedicated concierge to find relevant pre-reading resources for your board meeting agenda.
  • Learn about committee charters and effectiveness, and how to choose a committee.
  • Find key resources to get up to speed and advance the work of your committee.
  • Understand the appropriate ways to interact with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Determine if the chair/leadership ladder is right for you and how to pursue this path.
  • Oversee an admissions process that is compliant and competitive, and promotes diversity.
  • Understand financial complexities and strategies for making education affordable.
  • Understand the board’s fiduciary role in overseeing athletics programs.
  • Learn how to respond effectively and address unexpected campus challenges.
  • Advance and support inclusive excellence on campus.
  • Learn how to improve institutional financial sustainability and relevance to stakeholders.
  • Oversee an array of operational and strategic risks.
  • Develop a more strategic board.
  • Drive policy that fulfills the needs of students and expectations of the public.
  • Ensure that students are thriving, both physically and intellectually.
  • Balance accountability, participation, and decision making with shared governance.
  • Use technology to innovate education, reduce costs, and stay competitive.
  • Understand the basics of endowments and the board’s role in financing.
  • Learn what board members need to know about Title IX and sexual misconduct.

Back to Top↑

Board Chair

  • Learn what constitutes an effective board chair.
  • Understand how to cultivate a strategic board.
  • Enable development opportunities for your full board and individual board members.
  • Strengthen the partnership with your president/chief executive and provide guidance on developing an action plan for your board.
  • Identify the top strategic issues that demand your board’s oversight.
  • Understand leading practices for improving board dynamics.
  • Join an Ask the Expert session for an open Q&A about critical issues and decision making when you need it.
  • Engage with an AGB advisor for strategic and financial model transformation.
  • Engage a governance review and action plan for strengthening governance.
  • Find qualified presidential candidates for leading your institution in the future.
  • Establish appropriate and effective contracts and compensation for the chief executive.
  • Assess presidential leadership and build stronger performance and a succession plan.
  • Evaluate current and future board composition.
  • Understand current and emerging federal and state policy issues that will affect your institution.
  • Receive guidance for crisis leadership and communicating with stakeholders.
  • Connect with a network of board chairs for sharing knowledge and experience.

Board Professional

  • Learn how to structure effective meetings.
  • Identify ways to work effectively with committees.
  • Orient new board members to governance.
  • Improve board dynamics.
  • Find needed resources on key strategic issues and increase your value as a trusted advisor to the president and board.
  • Facilitate a board assessment to identify strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement.
  • Understand leading practices for engaging students, faculty, and staff with the board.
  • Connect with a community of board professionals to learn from and share ideas.
  • Learn leading practices for managing crises and communicating with stakeholders.
  • Engage an AGB workshop for your board meetings and retreats to provide continuous education and strengthen governance.
  • Leverage AGB’s dedicated concierge to find relevant pre-reading resources for your board meeting agenda.

President/Chief Executive

  • Understand how to work productively with the governing board.
  • Help the board fulfill its role and understand the difference between governance and administration.
  • Get the tools needed for onboarding new board members and ongoing board education.
  • Learn how to anticipate, manage, and lead through crisis.
  • Develop the cabinet’s understanding of good board information and appropriate committee support.
  • Prepare for a presidential assessment.
  • Strengthen your partnership with your board chair and develop an action plan for your board.
  • Hone fundraising skills to help your institution prosper.


All Board Members

  • Learn leading practices for managing crises and communicating with stakeholders.
  • Engage an AGB workshop for your board meetings and retreats to provide continuous education and strengthen governance.
  • Leverage AGB’s dedicated concierge to find relevant pre-reading resources for your board meeting agenda.
  • Learn about committee charters and effectiveness, and how to choose a committee.
  • Find key resources to get up to speed and advance the work of your committee.
  • Understand the appropriate ways to interact with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Determine if the chair/leadership ladder is right for you and how to pursue this path.
  • Oversee an admissions process that is compliant and competitive, and promotes diversity.
  • Understand financial complexities and strategies for making education affordable.
  • Understand the board’s fiduciary role in overseeing athletics programs.
  • Learn how to respond effectively and address unexpected campus challenges.
  • Advance and support inclusive excellence on campus.
  • Learn how to improve institutional financial sustainability and relevance to stakeholders.
  • Oversee an array of operational and strategic risks.
  • Develop a more strategic board.
  • Drive policy that fulfills the needs of students and expectations of the public.
  • Ensure that students are thriving, both physically and intellectually.
  • Balance accountability, participation, and decision making with shared governance.
  • Use technology to innovate education, reduce costs, and stay competitive.
  • Understand the basics of endowments and the board’s role in financing.
  • Learn what board members need to know about Title IX and sexual misconduct.

“AGB membership is a tremendous resource for our board and trustees. Our board regularly looks to AGB publications and staff for content expertise and to enhance effectiveness.”

Nicole Washington

Trustee, Florida A&M University and Miami Dade College

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As an important benefit of your membership, AGB equips you to understand and fulfill your responsibilities on the board. The actions and related resources on this list will help you prepare to lead effectively in your specific role.

AGB Membership - Support for Each Board Role