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Institute for Board Chairs and Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities (Phoenix)

January 11 - 13, 2018
Phoenix, AZ

Due to continually high demand for the Institute, AGB will run two winter programs in 2018: one in Naples, FL (January 9-11, 2018) and one in Phoenix, AZ (January 11-13, 2018). 

AGB's Institute for Board Chairs and Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities allows chair-president teams to develop robust partnerships and create a focused agenda that moves both the board and the institution forward. Since 1985, nearly 900 teams have participated in the institute and have found it essential to effective governance at their institutions. As a result of this institute, board chairs and presidents will strengthen their relationship, find answers to emerging challenges, and develop an action agenda for the board.

Facilitated group sessions provide best practices in governance and effective strategies from other institutions, while president-chair team meetings and one-on-one consultations allow participants to focus on shared work at their own institutions.

By participating in this institute, participants will:

  • Enjoy highly engaging small-group sessions with higher education experts to discuss key trends and best practices in governance;
  • Develop an action agenda for improving board practice and advancing their institutions;
  • Participate in one-on-one consultations to focus on shared work at their institutions and assess the strength of their boards; and
  • Engage with a network of peers to learn from and draw upon after the institute concludes.

Sample Agenda (subject to change):

Day One

12:00–1:00 pm
Lunch and Welcome

1:00–5:30 pm
Setting the Stage: Introductions to Participants and to the Institute
Building an Effective Chair-President Relationship
Characteristics of an Effective Board
Team Meeting #1: Honest Assessment of the Board

5:30–7:00 pm
Open Time

7:00–9:00 pm
Reception and Dinner

Day Two

7:45–8:15 am

8:15 am –12:30 pm
Setting the Stage: A New Day
Risk and the Governing Board
Team Meeting #2: Identifying Key Strategic Risks
Collaborative Chair-President Leadership: Collaboration for Board Recruitment, Orientation, Discipline, and Building Board Culture
Team Meeting #3: Building a High-Performing Team

12:30–1:15 pm

1:15–5:00 pm
Assessing Board and Presidential Effectiveness
Team Meeting #4: Assessing Presidential, Board, and Chair Effectiveness

5:00–7:00 pm
Open Time

7:00–9:00 pm
Reception and Dinner

Day Three

7:45–8:15 am

8:15–11:30 am
Setting the Stage for Day Three
Using Committees to Support the Board’s Work
Team Meeting #5: Strengthening the Board’s Structure

11:30 am–12:00 pm
Final Questions, Wrap Up, and Evaluation



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