Betsy Fleming, president of Converse College, suggests that preparing the board is an ongoing process that requires the president to keep the board engaged so that it can participate in decision making in an informed way.
Mary Graham Davis, chair of the board at Mount Holyoke College, suggests that partnering on a large initiative, such as a strategic plan, is an effective way to bring the president and the chair of the board into alignment.
Russell Ramsey argues that colleges and universities must not shy away from asking themselves difficult questions, and making tough choices if they intend to keep up with the pace of change in the higher education landscape.
EB Wilson, former board chair at St. Lawrence University, believes that the appointment of committee chairs must be part of a deliberate strategic plan on the part of the chair of the board and the president.
Merrill Schwartz explains that executive committees are an important body to have in place in case urgent matters require attention, but that boards should take caution against relying on them too much.