ERIC Number: ED205248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
I Became a Trustee: Now What?
Nicolai, Marion C.
The new board member will always have concerns about his/her forthcoming trusteeship, such as determining how much time he/she is willing to devote to the job; how he/she should obtain orientation for the job; and what he/she should know about the controversial issues in which the board has previously been involved. In addressing the first of these concerns, the new trustee should realize that preparation for board meeting requires in-depth and time-consuming study. As for orientation, this can effected through the professional literature, workshops, formal orientation programs, trustee manuals, and through the support of fellow board members. Finally, an examination of the minutes of past board meetings will reveal several controversial incidents. At Yavapai College, for example, such incidents have included: (1) charges by the local press that the convening of an executive session was in violation of Arizona's open meeting law, the need to obtain legal counsel to answer these charges, and to determine how a quorum of members can formally gather; (2) the board's consideration of proposals that might have jeopardized community relations; (3) the development of a cooperative working relationship with a foundation associated with the college; and (4) the board's decision to require athletes to exceed minimum academic standards set by the American Junior College Athletics Association. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Yavapai College AZ
Note: Paper presented at the 1981 Pacific Region Seminar of the Association of Community College Trustees, "Blazing New Trails in the 80's" (Portland, OR, June 25-27, 1981).