In an opinion piece, AGB President Richard D. Legon states: A governing board is ultimately accountable for meeting a public trust — beginning with publicly demonstrating concern for the survivors of sexual assault. The duty of care demands more than lip service for those who were abused, assaulted or attacked.
In a letter to the editor, AGB President Richard D. Legon states: The breadth and depth of the governance failure at Michigan State University are clear, and calls for action against those who let down the more than 200 survivors of Larry Nassar’s abuse of female gymnasts and other athletes are understandable and necessary. But it also remains unclear as the timeline unfolds precisely how much information the board of trustees had available to it to fulfill its fiduciary and oversight responsibilities.
A recent survey from the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) found that campus leaders view shared governance as equal decision-making rights between leadership, faculty and other stakeholders—and the association doesn’t think it should be.
The UE Reputational Risk Survey, administered by the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities, was sent to board of trustees chairs, presidents, chief financial officers, and other senior administrators at 145 institutions in 2017. It found that colleges and universities are increasingly utilizing enterprise risk management strategies as a way to prepare for risks and opportunities—and to respond to them.
More than half of trustees, 57 percent, agreed that the general public perception of higher education in the United States has declined in the last decade, according to a survey conducted for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges and released today. AGB is in the middle of an effort to involve college and university trustees in public discussion about the value proposition of higher education.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 3, 2017
Richard D. Legon, president of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, said in a news release that Republicans in the House of Representatives had proposed extracting money from colleges and students in their "zeal to find offsets to fund cuts in the corporate and personal tax rates and eliminate the estate tax. ‘Simplifications’ to current tax provisions that encourage saving and paying for college could cause great harm to the very families the legislation is purporting to help."