This series of essays written for trustees and administrative leaders of universities and colleges draws on the authors' extensive consulting experience, research into the dynamics of boards, and service as trustees, to focus on practical insights that will help readers improve governance. The authors have contributed a series of essays on governing well to Inside Higher Education, which formed the inspiration for this volume.
The primary aim of the book is to provide insight that boards can use to enhance their governing practices. Our take is not a "how to do" book but rather one on "how to think." Our basic premise is that too many boards are underperforming because they adopt or continue ineffective practices. However, thinking in more intentional if not new ways about not only what they do as boards, but how they go about their efforts, will help boards add value to the institutions and state systems they govern. We use thought provoking-titles and a conversational tone to engage the readers, get them to reflect on their work, and broaden their horizons.
Peter D. Eckel teaches governance, management and strategy in the Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. He served for 3 years as VP for Programs and Research at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB). Cathy A. Trower is President of Trower & Trower, Inc., a board governance consulting firm. Formerly Research Director at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Trower studied academic leadership, shared governance, and other issues for sixteen years.