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ERIC Number: EJ891868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1068-1027
The Changing Landscape of Trustee and Board Engagement
Johnston, Susan Whealler; Summerville, Martha W.; Roberts, Charlotte
Trusteeship, v18 n4 p14-18 Jul-Aug 2010
Attitudes about trustee and board engagement are changing. Presidents, board chairs, and trustees increasingly are discussing the need for greater board engagement in governance and more productive partnerships among the board, president and executive staff. Even boards that already consider themselves to be high performing are finding that external forces and changing demographics have created the need for trustees to become even more engaged and effective. This article discusses four powerful forces which are redefining boards' responsibilities and changing attitudes about engagement: post-Sarbanes-Oxley regulation and audit/monitoring functions; the economic crisis; new types of trustees who have changed the governance dynamic; and increased scrutiny of the higher education business model and student outcomes. The new board engagement is marked by board deliberations that are future-oriented, proactive, and based on trust. Increased board engagement follows a progression that can ultimately lead to trusting relationships, relevant work, and attention to results, yielding better governance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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