Earlier this month, eight new governors were sworn in as the chief executives of their states. In addition to implementing state laws and overseeing the operation of their state’s executive branch, all these leaders also play pivotal roles in higher education governance.
The exact nature of the governor’s role differs greatly, but all contribute to the success of their state’s priorities by investing in the leadership capacity of public college and university boards.
In three cases, the newly elected governors will serve as board members themselves in an ex officio capacity. This includes John Carney of Delaware, Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, and Phil Scott Vermont. Across the country, 13 governors serve as ex officio trustees.
Four of the newly elected governors—John Carney of Delaware, Eric Holcomb of Indiana, Eric Greitens of Missouri, and Doug Burgum of North Dakota—will have direct access and appoint all board members of at least one university in their state. Across the country, 29 governors have this responsibility.
In honor of the newly elected governors and in recognition of the vital role they play in public higher education, AGB will feature snapshots of public board governance in each of their states in an upcoming series of blog posts. Stay tuned!