ERIC Number: ED496408
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 0
The Structure of Public Boards Does Matter
Spanier, Graham; Baldwin, Cynthia
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Trusteeship v12 n6 Nov-Dec 2004
The responsibilities of university presidents and board chairs have evolved significantly from the early days of public higher education. There was a time when the power of the board was absolute, but those days are long gone, and it remains an open question whether the structures of public boards have kept pace with the complex social organizations these boards oversee. Many of the structures currently in place at public institutions lend themselves to decision making by boards that too often is guided less by the merits of the issues than by gubernatorial philosophy, political obligations, or special-interest commitments. In this article, the authors present strategies for building a more effective public board, including an increase in size and a corresponding growth in the diversity of constituencies and backgrounds represented), a broadening of agendas, and more effective handling of political pressure.
Descriptors: Institutional Characteristics, Diversity (Institutional), Administrator Responsibility, Leadership Responsibility, Role Perception, Boards of Education, Trustees, Politics of Education, Organizational Theories
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.