Nearly every college, university, or system governing board has at least one or more staff members who provide critical support, planning, and coordination of important board functions. These staff members, otherwise known as “board professionals,” serve in roles as diverse in responsibilities as they are in titles—including assistant to the president, general counsel, secretary of the college, assistant secretary of the board, vice president, and chief of staff.
Their work is often conducted behind the scenes, but it is critical to the success and performance of the board. Since 1991, AGB has surveyed this group to capture the changing nature of their roles. The 2015 Survey of Board Professionals sought to learn more about their roles, including their reporting relationships, compensation, and years of experience. Below are a few key findings:
High-performing institutions need high-performing boards, and board professionals are integral to that relationship. Board professionals can help advance the work of the board, especially in addressing fundamental best practices in governance, including board restructuring and improving board culture.
If you’re a board professional, build on your expertise, enhance your understanding of governance, and strengthen your role as a board professional at the 2016 Workshop in Washington, D.C.