2015 Presidents Governance Academy

July 27–28, 2015 · Meritage Resort · Napa, CA


In recent years, the circumstances under which private colleges and universities operate have caused unusual pressures on both presidents and trustees as they seek to balance short-term needs with long-term strategic judgments. The strains on presidents and governing boards have been severe, often resulting in adverse consequences for the colleges they serve and the president’s tenure. The premium that some trustees place on "disruptive innovation" has sometimes been difficult for presidents to temper. The roots of these problems often have been traceable to certain characteristics of a college’s governance system, particularly those that substitute process for strong presidential leadership.

To help presidents address more effectively today’s challenges and strengthen the governance of their institutions, CIC is pleased to announce a new program—the Presidents Governance Academy. It is a two-day intensive and highly participatory workshop limited to 25 presidents. Richard T. (Tom) Ingram, CIC senior advisor for president-board relations and former president of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and Richard J. Cook, president emeritus of Allegheny College, will lead the program. The Academy will be held July 27–28, 2015, at the Meritage Resort in Napa, California.

Open to all CIC member presidents, the Presidents Governance Academy will build on the governance issues discussed as part of CIC’s annual New Presidents Program and Presidents Institute sessions. This new program will be most valuable for both those who participated in CIC’s New Presidents Program and those a few years into their presidencies who have not taken advantage of that opportunity. It is less likely to be appropriate for brand-new presidents.