ERIC Number: ED496458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Building a Board that Sticks Together
Wilson, E. B.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Trusteeship v14 n4 Jul-Aug 2006
High-performing boards operating at a distinguishable level of excellence, all exhibit a culture of cohesiveness. And a compelling codicil is that these boards did not deliberately set out to become cohesive and perhaps do not even know they are cohesive. This article examines the value of cohesion to university governing boards, explicitly connecting the work of trusteeship to the institution's mission and making all trustees genuinely feel that their time and energy make a difference in influencing their institution's strategic direction. Trustees are volunteers and board cohesion converts passive volunteering, which can be a hobby or an occasional distraction from the rest of a trustee's life, into a passionate dedication that places the college or university trusteeship at the center of the individual's allocations of time, energy, and personal resources. This article describes best practices in successfully building a board's culture of cohesion.
Descriptors: Trustees, Governing Boards, Organizational Culture, Group Unity, Teamwork, Politics of Education, Interpersonal Relationship, High Achievement, Volunteers, Resource Allocation, Motivation, Accountability, Higher Education, Board Administrator Relationship, Governance, Decision Making, College Presidents, Expectation
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.