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Governing and Leading Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) serve our nation through their important missions. Like all institutions, they face many challenges that demand high performing boards and effective leaders.

AGB believes that a critical first step in the transformation of HBCUs is to strengthen governance. Effective governance is a requisite for institutions to address existing challenges and to position themselves strategically, now and into the future.

This Initiative for Strengthening HBCU Governance and Leadership has four goals:

  • To strengthen HBCUs by enhancing governance practices, capacity and structures;
  • To advance effective working relationships between HBCU presidents and boards;
  • To develop the capacity of presidents’ cabinets to support the work of boards more effectively; and
  • To help facilitate engagement among HBCU leaders on governance and other issues.

AGB hopes to accomplish these goals through a set of governance and leadership development activities, including the HBCU Governance and Leadership Institute and a comprehensive consulting suite. Read more about the consulting efforts in "Strengthening HBCU Governance and Leadership." These activities focus on the skills, knowledge, and engagement that are needed for boards and institutional leaders to govern effectively—to ask the right questions at the right times, to build effective working relationships, and to consider and establish appropriate board policies and structures.

This 18-month project was begun in 2014 and interested HBCUs were asked to submit their application forms to participate by December 31, 2014.

This project is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors:

The Kresge Foundation

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