Mr. Rich Novak is a senior fellow at AGB, serving to advance the association’s interests and member needs in state and federal policy and board education. During his 21-year career at AGB, he served as the senior vice president for programs and research and as executive director of the Ingram Center. He has directed or co-directed studies in several states; overseen special programs on board and presidential leadership; led several initiatives on the effectiveness of public college and university governing boards; advocated for the reform of public board member selection practices; overseen the association's programs and research for both public and private members; and worked to incorporate environmental sustainability into governing board agendas.
Internationally, Mr. Novak has worked on governance and higher education projects for the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt, the Ireland Higher Education Authority, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. He has led or co-led several board workshops while at AGB and as a senior fellow and consultant, in addition to longer-term consulting assignments related to public trusteeship and governance.