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Suffering Suffolk (University): When a Board Loses its Credibility

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 08.08.2016 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Here we go again. Late last month, the board of trustees fired Suffolk University's president, Margaret McKenna, for cause. The six-month saga had ...

Higher Ed Must Look Inward for Change Needed to Survive

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 07.27.2016 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

American higher education's operational model is based on outmoded -- and some (myself included) would argue, unsustainable -- revenue and expense ass...

2016 Trustees Report Confirms That Expanding Social Security Is Fully Affordable

Nancy Altman | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Nancy Altman

The fact is that, as the richest nation in the world at the richest point in our history, not only can we afford the current levels of Social Security protections, we can afford to greatly expand Social Security.

Foreclosures: What Role Should a Trustee Play?

Joel Sucher | Posted 04.29.2016 | Business
Joel Sucher

It's one of those questions that seems pulled from a final exam at the Harvard Business School but if you're a homeowner caught in the foreclosure wringer it's something worth thinking about.

Our Secret Is Out

Mark Tercek | Posted 02.17.2017 | Green
Mark Tercek

There's a secret to the Nature Conservancy's success. Without it, our ambitious science-based conservation activities around the world would likely be much less successful.

The Rules of the Game in College Governance

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 08.24.2016 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

What to do with alumni can be an especially difficult problem to address. Alumni connections to the college are less direct and immediate than that of parents. They are often spread out globally.

Higher Educating Trustees

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 08.17.2016 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

One of the most glaring weaknesses in American higher education is the strength of its governance group. There is a celebrated tradition within highe...

Saving Sweet Briar

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 07.14.2016 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

One of the most interesting questions emerging from the crisis is whether institutions like Sweet Briar can change creatively and fast enough to survive in the 21st century.

Higher Education: The Right Kind of Philanthropy

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 06.15.2016 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Earlier this month Harvard University announced a $400 million donation to its engineering college, as part of a $6.5 billion fundraising goal for its comprehensive campaign.

Colleges and Universities: Getting the Message Right

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 01.03.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

it is so important to link college and university efforts to define a message to an institution's strategic plan. A president often faces a debilitating series of skirmishes about "vision" if there is no clear consensus on a framework for discussing the future of the university.

Putting the "Trust" Back in Trustee: The Role of the Trustee in College Governance

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 10.25.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

There will be a shakeout in which some colleges and universities will do better than others. Those that prosper will put into place much of what this report suggests is needed.

Educating College Trustees

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 09.20.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

It is almost impossible for those who live outside the academy to understand and appreciate how American colleges and universities govern themselves. ...

Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) ranked as Top 5 Kiva Zip Trustee

Kiva Zip | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Kiva Zip

Mirza Tihic: Director of Program Support Services at IVMF The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) has been a trustee with Kiva Zip...

Can Nonprofit Boards Suffer From Agenda Deficits?

Eugene Fram | Posted 07.11.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

In a recent study of 772 for-profit and nonprofit directors from around the world, McKinsey & Company found that 25% of the sample assessed their boar...

Nonprofit CEOs Need To Be Peers NOT Powerhouses - Interface More Frequently with Individual Board Members

Eugene Fram | Posted 05.30.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Simply having board meeting contact with directors isn't sufficient for a 21st century nonprofit CEO. Following are three professional approaches the CEO can take for developing better communications with board members.

Noble Causes, Ignoble Means: When Executives Live Well Off Non-Profits

Jay Halfond | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Jay Halfond

Even though Dobelle's indulgences were a fiscal drop in-the-bucket even for a small academic institution, its symbolism resonates with the press and public.

And the Winner Is... Competition Through Cooperation in Higher Education

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 05.12.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Within higher education, technology has introduced an entirely new level of competition whose outcomes are not yet fully understood.

Trustee Leadership

Bruce Leslie | Posted 05.12.2013 | College
Bruce Leslie

Given the enormous changes, challenges and opportunities facing the entire educational industry and every individual college, a critical foundation of effective organizational stewardship that will foster the imperatives of change is harmony.

College and University Board Independence Strengthens the Nation

Richard D. Legon | Posted 04.17.2013 | College
Richard D. Legon

Our institutions of higher learning have been governed by boards acting independently since our Colonial period. Let us not compromise that most essential (and historic) value--one that has largely worked well--for temporary political expediency.

When Is Disruptive Change Good for a College?

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 02.17.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Good communication creates the perfect climate for disruptive system change. The best strategy breeds productive disruption and is widely embraced because the college community is educated on the possibilities, aware of the dangers, and emboldened by the promise that disruptive change offers.

Where the Alumni Can Help Most

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 12.16.2012 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

There are scores of colleges that recognize the untapped potential of their alumni base already. They understand that the key to alumni involvement is to link alumni to critical planks in the institution's strategic plan.

Lost in Translation

Brian Rosenberg | Posted 09.17.2012 | College
Brian Rosenberg

Changes to American higher education are both important and necessary. But unless they are based on an accurate understanding of both the present and the past, they are likely to be changes for the worse.

The Cures for Corpocracy - 1

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paula Gordon

1--Enforce the LAW. It is manifestly the case that corporations are running America. If you think that is a good idea, read no further. If you think ...

Enlisting Trustees as Communicators: A New Model for Foundation Communications?

Jane Wales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jane Wales

Might trustees be the solution to the woeful lack of knowledge civically engaged Americans have about foundations?

Michael's Will Not a "Thriller" But There is More to Come

Jordan M. Atin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jordan M. Atin

Rather than directing how his assets are being disposed of in the will itself, Jackson directs that his assets should be disposed of in accordance with his previously established family trust.