Inside AGB

By AGB    //    Volume 31,  Number 6   //    November/December 2023

Ellen-Earle Chaffee Assumes Leadership Role at AGB

Ellen-Earle Chaffee, PhD, joined AGB as interim president and CEO on October 2, 2023. Her distinguished career spans institutional, system, policy, and national professional leadership in both public and private higher education, as well as extensive research and publication. The past president of two universities and two national professional associations, Chaffee has led executive, academic affairs, student affairs, research, and equal opportunity initiatives. She has served on and consulted with numerous governing boards, as well as national organizations in higher education research, health care, allied health, and foundations.

Prior to accepting the role of interim president, Chaffee was a senior fellow and senior consultant at AGB. She provided a broad range of consulting services to boards and presidents of AGB-member institutions, with more than 120 engagements to date, and she co-directed a project on Board Oversight of Educational Quality funded by the Teagle Foundation. From 2009–2011, she directed the Governance for Student Success project funded by the Lumina Foundation, focusing on strategic finance to help board and executive leaders deal with the impact of the nation’s Great Recession.

Throughout her career, Chaffee has focused on leadership and organizational effectiveness, strategic thinking, organizational change, turnaround management, innovation, continuous quality improvement, accountability, decision-making, and the role of information and technology. Chaffee earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, a master’s degree from North Dakota State University, and a master’s and PhD in higher education administration and policy analysis from Stanford University.

Recent HESA Convening

The Council on Higher Education as a Strategic Asset convened October 3–4 in Washington, D.C., to discuss and refine ideas from the first convening. The following topics were outlined in advance: redefining partnerships among K-12, higher education, and industry to build multiple pathways into high-demand fields; designing a national approach to outcomes-based reporting that incentivizes achievement of national priorities and supports transparency; reimagining teaching and learning in an AI world; creating a national infrastructure to advance postsecondary innovation. During the meeting, council members effectively prioritized nine recommendations for further research and development. They will be refined by HESA Commissioners at the February 2024 Convening.


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