Trustees are in a unique position to engage with members of Congress, advocate on these important issues, and help educate them about the unique role of college and university board members. As business leaders, professionals, community leaders, alumni, and parents, board members often have the advantage of a special relationship with policy leaders.
Federal budget negotiations and discussions on tax reform could have major implications for higher education institutions. In coordination with their institution presidents, board chairs, and government-relations liaisons, board members should seek to engage with their members of Congress during the upcoming recesses to ensure that the concerns of their college or university are considered as these discussions move forward. AGB believes that engaged boards—given their personal networks and community and business leadership roles—are uniquely positioned to impact conversations around tax reform and federal budget negotiations. However, board members should be advocating on points of view that are consistent with their institution’s policy priorities.
Read the full alert to find brief overviews and additional resources on the FY18 budget and tax reform, which can inform board member outreach during Congress’ summer recesses.