ERIC Number: ED482373
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Merit Screening of Citizens for Gubernatorial Appointment to Public College and University Trusteeship. State Policy Brief.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.
This paper makes the case for establishing recruitment and screening panels to help governors appoint public college and university trustees. It offers ideas that can be adapted to the diverse traditions and cultures of state governments and public higher education systems. It also provides illustrative lists of the responsibilities of public governing boards and individual trustees as well as the qualifications to be sought in outstanding appointees. In most states, governors have the responsibility and privilege to make appointments to many boards and commissions. But pressures from campaign donors and special-interest groups sometimes compromise efforts to identify the most deserving and experienced citizens for higher education trusteeships. The quality of all gubernatorial appointments is important, of course, but college and university trusteeships have such long-term and consequential efforts on the economic, social, and cultural needs of students and the state that institutionalizing merit screening and recruitment is a good practice. No selection process is perfect, but a rigorous process sends the message to the public and to those being considered for trusteeships that the work of citizen boards matters and is consequential--to the public's welfare, the quality of life in the state, and to economic development. A thorough and transparent process also lets the public and the media know that elected political leaders are determined to practice effective governance. Three attachments discuss the responsibilities of public governing boards, responsibilities of individual trustees, and qualifications of outstanding appointees. (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Governance, Governing Boards, Higher Education, Individual Characteristics, Selection, Trustees
For full text: http://www.centerforgovernance.net.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.