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ERIC Number: ED194028
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 48
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Recommendations for Improving Trustee Selection in Private Colleges and Universities. A Report from the National Commission on College and University Trustee Selection.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Recommendations on how to improve the selection of trustees in private colleges and universities are offered. A basic underlying assumption is that the future and diversity of higher education in the United States are closely linked to the health of private institutions, and that the institutions are dependent on the competence of the trustees governing them. The kinds and scopes of existing governing boards of private institutions are reviewed, followed by 14 specific recommendations for trustee selection. They include: each board should have a standing committee on trustees for the maintenance of the quality and appropriateness of the board; the search for trustees should be continuous and broad, with four steps of screening; trustee evaluation should be performed for those seeking reappointment; established procedures should be followed; invitations should be personally extended by the most appropriate trustee and the president, and should include specified information; thorough and systematic orientations should be performed by the board; no trustee should serve more than 12 consecutive years, with a one-year sabbatical between terms; terms should be for three or four years; boards of church-related institutions should include substantial numbers of lay persons; students and faculty should not be voting members of their own institutions' boards; each board should establish procedures for dealing with a trustee's potential conflict of interest; and alumni associations should be encouraged to participate in nomination of a limited number of trustees. Appended are a list of references, an illustrative trustee code of conduct, a sample conflict of interest questionnaire, a sample board profile, Association of Governing Boards' guidelines for policies affecting potential conflicts of interest, and notes on project origins and methods. Committee and advisory board members are listed. (MSE)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.