Preliminary Agenda

Day One—Sunday, January 3, 2016
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?
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

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-groups 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

Day Two—Monday, January 4, 2016

7:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.
  • On yesterday’s conversations
  • On a few of the articles in the Book of Readings you find especially helpful or 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 of two)

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
3:00 p.m.