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2016 National Conference on Trusteeship

April 17 - 19, 2016
Washington, D.C.
About the National Conference
Perspectives of higher education are varied. To many, we are incubators of innovation and engines of opportunity. To others, we represent a system slow to change with uncertain outcomes. Policy makers, students, and society in general are examining our work with an unprecedented focus.

2016 will be a critical year that shapes higher education like never before. Governing board members—key among higher education’s supporters and advocates—must elevate the best ideas and most promising practices to meet the mission and promote the inherent value of our colleges and universities.

At the 2016 National Conference on Trusteeship, AGB invites you to explore innovative ideas and gain new perspectives from some of the nation’s leading thinkers and key policy makers—equipping you with the right knowledge, skills, and direction to bring about consequential change at your own institution. Comprehensive and thought-provoking sessions will prepare you to champion higher education’s strengths and advance its work at a time when it matters most.

Plenaries at the 2016 National Conference will explore:

  • Impacts of global trends on higher education, such as democratization movements, migration, increased standards of living, and volatile international financial markets with Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor-in-chief of The Economist
  • Hallmarks of effective governance in the higher education, corporate, and non-profit sectors with Richard Chait, professor emeritus from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, senior associate dean for leadership programs at the Yale School of Management
  • National politics and implications of the 2016 presidential race in a time of change for higher education with Charles E. Cook, editor of The Cook Political Report and columnist for the National Journal, and Stuart Rothenberg, founding editor of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report and columnist for Roll Call
  • Lessons learned in the wild and at the institution’s helm with Tori Murden McClure, president of Spalding College and the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean

The 2016 Workshop for Board Professionals will be held in conjunction with the National Conference from April 15-17. Learn more.



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