As the AGB Board Professionals gathered at the University of California, Davis to plan our programs for the coming year, our thoughts turned to the unique position we each hold on our campuses across a variety of types of institutions—public systems, independent universities, MSIs, community colleges, foundations. Beyond our assorted, and numerous, formal titles, we serve as information sources, communicators, interpreters, navigators, and, frequently, invisible leaders. Pay no attention to that board professional behind the curtain.
We are calm in crisis, good humored in adversity, and focused in a profusion of details. But regardless of how professional and able we are, there’s always more to learn and better ways to fulfill our responsibilities.
As AGB Board Professionals, we see our role as facilitators in helping our peers develop professionally and personally by becoming even more valuable to their institutions and adding to their own sense of value in the process. As one group member said, you can't have a high-performing institution without a high-performing board, and you can't have a high-performing board without a high-performing board professional.
Our focus this year is on enhancing expertise, shaping board culture, appreciating the higher education and governance issues our boards should tackle, and growing our roles to better serve our boards and institutions.