ERIC Number: ED497192
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Beware of Marginalizing Voices on the Board
Taylor, Maurice C.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Trusteeship v13 n2 Mar-Apr 2005
Raising funds, enhancing endowments, and monitoring institutional finances have long been key responsibilities of college and university trustees. Individually and collectively, trustees are expected to contribute financially in support of their institutions. What's more, a common factor in a board's assessment of trustee effectiveness includes recording trustee contributions to capital campaigns or donations to other institutional fund-raising initiatives such as planned giving, annual funds, and scholarship drives. Boards must be careful, however, that the talk of money does not become the only item on the agenda and that the giving or getting of money is not the only measure by which trustee performance is assessed. Even in cases where trustees are generous in their financial support, the success of a board in promoting its institution's mission and core values can, unfortunately, be compromised. In this paper, the author describes several threats he has perceived, in his years as a board member, to the cohesion and effectiveness of a board when the courting of money by and from trustees is overemphasized. These threats include a chilling effect on the scope and content of board discussions, a diminution of the quality of interaction among board members, and the aggravation of distinctions within the board by race, class, and gender.
Descriptors: Trustees, Governing Boards, Values, Financial Support, Educational Administration, College Administration, Strategic Planning, Cooperative Planning, Collegiality, Educational Finance, Interaction, Fund Raising, Racial Factors
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.