ERIC Number: ED496371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Who Will Be Your Next Board Chair?
Wilson, E. B.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Trusteeship v12 n3 May-Jun 2004
This article suggests that trustees give the same high level of thoughtful consideration to selecting the board chair as they give to filling the presidency. More than the routine filling of a vacancy, the process for naming the board's next chair amounts to the selection of a governance team. The board's most important responsibility is not only the selection of a president. There is a higher level of board accountability: Trustees must select a team--a board chair and a president--to perform in a governance context that is systemic and filled with moving parts, where skills are complementary, and where the expectation is that the team will inspire board and institutional achievement. This article describes a best practices and selection model and presents five key principles to consider when selecting board chairs. These key principles are: (1) Create transparency and ownership; (2) Inoculate the process with the committee on trustees; (3) Free the process from board politics and personal advocacy; (4) Connect the process to the president; and (5) Keep the full board in play by seeking inclusion at every step. The article also provides some "secrets" to guiding the process as well as gives twelve specific steps for selecting a board chair.
Descriptors: Trustees, Governing Boards, Search Committees (Personnel), Personnel Selection, Performance Factors, Guidelines, Role Perception
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.