Preliminary Agenda

Monday, July 27
8:00 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
  • Review of participant survey
  • What are some of the most vexing challenges presidents may face in working with their boards of trustees?
9:45 a.m.
Discussion Topics
  • Review of key program themes, facilitator roles, ground rules, and agenda
  • What distinguishes a high performing governing board?
  • Examples of real progress in the conduct of academic trusteeship
10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.
Discussion Topics
  • What levers, strategies, and resources are available to presidents to strengthen the board?
  • What presidential relationships are particularly key—and sometimes problematic?
  • “Shared” governance and relationships with faculty
  • Table talk
12:15 p.m.
1:15 p.m.
Discussion of Best Board Practices—Part 1
  • Membership: size, composition, terms and term limits, committee on trustees
  • Organization: committees, especially executive and reserved powers
  • Meetings
  • Trustee philanthropy
  • Table talk
2:45 p.m.

3:00 p.m.
Discussion of Best Board Practices—Part 2
  • Retreats
  • Orientation programs
  • In-service education
  • Handbook and trustee information systems
  • Table talk
4:30 p.m.
Discussion Groups
  • Overview of critiques by facilitators of participants’ bylaws
  • Review of evening’s “homework” assignment
  • In sub-group of presidents: How does affiliation with your respective sponsor (founder, congregation, tradition, or other major influence) directly affect, positively or negatively, how your governing board is constituted, organized, or functions?
6:45 p.m.
Reception and Dinner
8:00 p.m.
Optional After-Dinner Conversation and Refreshments

Tuesday, July 28
7:15 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
  • On yesterday’s conversations
  • On a few of the articles in the Book of Readings you find provocative
8:45 a.m.
Discussion Topics
  • What are best practices in performance assessment of the governing board, individual trustees, and the presidency?
  • Table talk
10:00 a.m.
10:15 a.m.
One-on-One Bylaws Critique (in teams)
11:30 a.m.
Recapitulation of Discussions

1:00 p.m.
Pulling It All Together
  • What other governance topics and issues have we not discussed but should?
  • What are some effective approaches to in-service trustee education and board development initiatives that have worked for you? What approaches have not worked?
  • Table talk: What is your plan to strengthen governance policies and practices (explicit goals, strategy, and timetable)?
  • Illustrations of a few plans
2:30 p.m.
Closing Comments by Facilitators and Program Assessment
3:15 p.m.