Volume 28, Number 3 // May/June 2020
Table of Contents
Colleges at a Crossroads: Closures, Affiliations, and Mergers
By David Tobenkin
As competition for students increases due to changing demographics of the traditional college-age population, some colleges and universities have closed or merged with other institutions. Boards of trustees that find their higher education institutions in a financial position that seems unsustainable long term may have to make a decision to close their campus or affiliate or merge with another.
Those providing leadership for colleges and universities in the United States are facing increasingly complex and unrelenting challenges. The urgency and magnitude of these external forces require holistic, well-informed, strategic thinking, and decision making by trustees, administrators, and faculty—collaborating together—that can produce truly innovative solutions.
The 2019–2020 Nason Award Winners: Six Boards that Go the Extra Mile Earned AGB’s Laurels
By Christopher Connell
AGB honors the six winners of the 2019–2020 AGB John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership, an honor for boards who have demonstrated backbone, foresightedness, and determination in fulfilling their role as the financial stewards of their institution’s future as well as their current course.
The pandemic has forced many to adapt quickly. This includes boards moving from face-to-face to virtual meetings. This article offers advice to move board meetings into virtual settings quickly and efficiently.
Commencements Go Virtual
By Charlotte West
As it became clear that most colleges and universities won’t reopen their campuses before fall due to the coronavirus pandemic, senior leadership at institutions around the country faced the difficult decision of whether to cancel their traditional graduation ceremonies. Many campuses are turning to virtual commencements to celebrate the class of 2020, with plans to hold in-person events later in the year.
On My Agenda
Strategic Board Leadership in a Time of Crisis
By Henry Stoever
News in Brief
A sampling of national higher education news
Myths about Lawyers
By Steve Dunham
Coordinated Response to Coronavirus Offers Best Path Forward
By Patrice Harris
Focus on the Presidency
How Do We Meet Our Mission during a Pandemic?
By Mary Cullinan
View from the Board Chair
Adaptability Fosters Resilience
By Claudia Puig
AGB Assists Boards with COVID-19
New Books Forthcoming from AGB
National Conference on Trusteeship Online Resources
A Question For…
How Did the Coronavirus Pandemic Impact Students Studying Abroad?