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Board Oversight of Intercollegiate Athletics

Focused on the diligent and effective fiduciary oversight of athletic programs and on the welfare of student athletes.

AGB is committed to fostering the governance of intercollegiate athletics programs through statements, research, best practices, and thought leadership.

While athletics can be integral to an institution, there’s growing concern that athletic accomplishments often overshadow academic achievement and detract from the essential mission of universities and colleges. Faced with demands for increased accountability, governing boards are called upon to become more attentive to the governance of athletics.

For more than 25 years, AGB has provided guidance on board oversight of intercollegiate athletics.

  • The AGB Standing Panel on Board Oversight of Intercollegiate Athletics, established in 2016, sharpens governing boards’ focuses—in conjunction with institutional leadership—on diligent and effective fiduciary oversight of athletic programs and on the welfare of student athletes.  Members of the panel convene periodically to review current issues, trends, and challenges facing intercollegiate athletics and the academic enterprise, as well as judicial, legislative, and regulatory actions concerning student athletes and institutional responsibility for athletics programs.
     
  • AGB’s Statement on Board Responsibilities for Intercollegiate Athletics assists governing boards in aligning intercollegiate athletics with the mission, vision, and values of higher education.
     
  • AGB’s 2012 report, Trust, Accountability, and Integrity: Board Responsibilities for Intercollegiate Athletics, conveys advice regarding board oversight of institutions with NCAA Division I athletics programs.
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