ERIC Number: EJ1008725
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Reference Count: 0
Welcoming New Board Members: 15 Tips for Better Orientations
Pelletier, Stephen G.
Trusteeship, v21 n1 p22-27 Jan-Feb 2013
Board orientation provides a unique forum for an institution to help new board members understand the roles and responsibilities expected of them. It is a chance, too, to share essential information that the college or university thinks new trustees need to know. Moreover, it is an opportunity for the institution to bring new members up to date about where it is today and its goals for the future. The best board orientations attend to the fundamentals that must be addressed but also leave room for creativity. And while core components of onboarding new board members can be informed by available guidelines, and experiences at other colleges and universities, orientation affords individual institutions a natural opportunity to develop practices that reflect their distinct culture, mission, and history. Scanning the current landscape--and talking with some experienced practitioners--yields many ideas to help shape better board orientations. Presented are 15 suggestions for institutions to consider.
Descriptors: Staff Orientation, Best Practices, Training Methods, Board Candidates, Administrator Role, Administrator Responsibility, Trustees, Governing Boards
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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