Generously supported by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
Please note: Pre-registration is required for this program. Inquire at the CIC Registration Desk.
Thomas L. Hellie, Senior Advisor and Co-Director, Presidents Governance Academy, CIC; and President Emeritus, Linfield University
Michele D. Perkins, Senior Advisor and Co-Director, Presidents Governance Academy, CIC; and Chancellor, New England College
Welcome and Introductions
- Mission and goals of the Academy
- Ground rules
- Results of survey and interviews
Mini Case Studies
- Maplesap College
- Social media
Nonprofit Boards: Definitions
- What is a nonprofit board and why does it exist?
- What are the board’s main responsibilities?
- What are trustees’ individual responsibilities?
- What is the president’s role?
- What is the relationship with the board chair?
- What is the relationship with other trustees?
- What is the relationship between senior staff and other trustees?
Board Practices and Culture
- What makes a board effective?
- Changes in board roles and responsibilities
- Engaged boards versus micro-managerial boards
- Disengaged boards (apathy)
- Conflicts of interest
- Trustee interactions with other trustees and with other constituencies
- Case studies and discussion
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
- Case study: Smallville University
- Discussion of your review of your institution’s bylaws, scoring according to Tom Ingram’s rating sheet
- Requirements and best practices
- Standing committees
- Ad hoc committees
- Common or possible pitfalls
Board Composition, Cultivation, Professional
- Development, Evaluation
- Case study: Ambrosia University
- Size, diversity, backgrounds, and experience
- Faculty and/or student trustees
- Identifying and recruiting new trustees
- Trustee orientation
- Ongoing professional development for trustees
- Term limits, attendance requirements, giving requirements
- Trustee evaluation
- Board self-evaluation
- Presidential evaluation
The Board and Fundraising
- What is the board’s role in fundraising?
- How are campaigns structured?
- How does the board determine priorities for major gifts and grants?
- How does one yield major gifts from trustees?
- What does the president need from the board in order to accomplish ambitious fundraising goals?
The Board and Issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- The dynamic of board culture and institutional culture
- The president’s role managing potentially opposing opinions
- Building a board that is more diverse
- Programs versus curricula and individual course content
Nuts and Bolts
- Length of meetings
- Meeting locations
- Trustee retreats
- Virtual meetings
- Paperless boards and applications
- Impact of social media
Wrap Up and Takeaways