Inside AGB

By AGB    //    Volume 32,  Number 2   //    March/April 2024

AGB President and CEO Search is Underway

The search for AGB’s next president and chief executive officer is underway. The AGB Board of Directors approved a search profile developed by AGB Search after extensive internal and external listening sessions. Members of the Board are serving as the search committee. The committee will begin reviewing applications in early April. Nominations and applications are strongly encouraged. (For more information, please visit https://agb.org/careers/.)

A Coalition Committed to Strengthening America’s Security and Prosperity

The Council on Higher Education as a Strategic Asset (HESA) convened on February 12, 2024, in Washington, D.C. to develop and refine draft recommendations for a national strategy for higher education policy, funding, and leadership to strengthen America’s global competitiveness, national security, and democracy. This was the third meeting for the group of more than fifty leaders from the business, nonprofit, government, and higher education sectors, led by co-chairs Michael Crow, Robert King, and Linda Gooden. “This was a critical stage for our work, and the council members brought their best ideas for what the nation needs and how to overcome barriers to these ambitious goals,” said Lisa Foss, executive director of the HESA project. The fourth and final council meeting will be held on May 17, 2024. AGB will invite commentary on the Council’s recommendations prior to releasing the final report this summer. (For more information, please visit https://www.hesaus.org.)

Board Composition Diversity Report

Release Date: March 12, 2024

Diversifying the Governing Board: An AGB Report is a collaborative analysis of qualitative research on board diversification carried out by Lesley McBain of AGB and Raquel Rall and Valeria Dominguez of University of California–Riverside. A complement to AGB’s Policies, Practices, and Composition (PPC) survey report, this study was conducted by interviewing volunteer PPC participants from institutions, systems, and foundations about their on-the-ground experience with diversifying their boards.

Upcoming AGB Events in March-April 2024

BPC/NCT

AGB’s Board Professionals Conference (AGB.org/BPC24) and the National Conference on Trusteeship (AGB.org/NCT24) are happening March 24–28 at the Hilton Boston Park Plaza hotel. Authors of many of the articles featured in this issue of Trusteeship will be speakers on the conference schedule.

AGB Endowment Governance Workshop  (March 26, 2024 | 9:30am-1:15pm )

Senior university and foundation administrators typically have a wealth of academic, advancement, and financial management experience, but may lack familiarity with fiduciary oversight and management of endowments. This workshop will familiarize leaders with the unique management challenges associated with higher ed endowments and the expectations for members of institution or foundation investment committees. (For more information, please visit AGB.org/EndowmentWorkshop.)

Collaborating for Fundraising Success:
Practical Strategies for Community College Presidents, Foundation Chief Executives, and Board Leaders to Grow Philanthropy Workshop

This series of five interactive, online seminars provides a strategic roadmap for community college leaders to develop a unified strategy to grow fundraising. Participants will learn from community college and other higher education leaders with a track record of successful philanthropic leadership. (For more information, please visit AGB.org/FundraisingSuccess.)

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