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Higher Education Leaders Gather in Dallas for AGB's 94th National Conference on Trusteeship

Mar 29, 2017

More than 1,000 higher education leaders will convene in Dallas, April 2-4, for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) 2017 National Conference on Trusteeship.  Now in its 94th year, the gathering will bring together trustees, board members, presidents, chancellors, and other higher education leaders to discuss the critical issues facing higher education today, and the consequential role of governing boards in responding to these challenges and opportunities.

Featuring the insights of higher education leaders, economists, academics, and key policymakers, this year’s program will explore “Innovation for Challenging Times” throughout the conference sessions. Among the highlights:

The opening plenary, “Innovative Practices for a Stronger Future,” moderated by National Public Radio (NPR) Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez, features Carlton E. Brown, senior fellow at AGB Institutional Strategies; Rebecca S. Chopp, chancellor of the University of Denver; Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University; Angel L. Mendez, board member of Lafayette College; and Nancy L. Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York in a discussion of the most innovative leadership practices in higher education.

Award-winning entrepreneur, bestselling author, and Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard provides his unique take on the issues in the plenary “Politics, the Economy, and Future Trends: What to Expect in 2017-2020.” 

Margaret Spellings, president of the North Carolina System and former U.S. Secretary of Education, joins a panel to discuss federal policy issues that may emerge under the new administration and Congress.

Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, delivers an inspiring plenary on the exciting opportunities facing higher education today – rethinking business models and educational delivery, creating truly inclusive campuses, and reimagining higher education at this critical time. 

“Higher education has perhaps entered its most challenging and innovative time since the 1960s,” said AGB President Richard D. Legon.  “Our leaders—especially trustees—must be more nimble, creative and well informed on the issues.  Our public value proposition is more than ever in question from policymakers and opinion leaders.  This National Conference could not come at a better time for us to share issues and ideas.”

Chairman of AGB’s Board of Directors David Miles agreed, stating, “The AGB National Conference is an opportunity for trustees across the nation to discuss trends and policies affecting governance and leadership in higher education, and to explore innovative ideas with their peers and industry experts. Bold thinking is critical to higher education’s advancement, and we hope that our members will engage in and learn from the many sessions, panels and briefings that the National Conference has to offer.”

For nearly 100 years, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) has had one mission: to strengthen and protect this country’s unique form of institutional governance through its research, services, and advocacy. Serving more than 1,300 member boards and 40,000 individual citizen trustees, AGB is the only national organization providing university and college presidents, board chairs, trustees, and board professionals of both public as well as private institutions and institutionally related foundations with resources that enhance their effectiveness. In accordance with its mission, AGB has developed programs and services that strengthen the partnership between the president and governing board; provide guidance to regents and trustees; identify issues that affect tomorrow’s decision making; and foster cooperation among all constituencies in higher education.

Full details on the meeting, including the conference agenda, location/hotel information, and more can be found on the conference website. To engage in the conversation as we convene, follow @AGBtweets and use the hashtag #AGB2017.



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