Higher Education Institution Governing Boards, Culture of

What is culture and why does the culture of a governing board of a college, university, or system matter? The governing board is the corporate entity with fiduciary responsibility for the institution it holds in trust. How board members learn and understand their roles and responsibilities, work together, relate to the chief executive and others at their institution, and communicate with outsiders on behalf of the institution all reflect the written and unwritten rules or norms that are the culture of the board. Culture sets the tone at the top, shapes and embodies the values of the institution, and influences the effectiveness of the board in carrying out its duties. Understanding the importance of a healthy board culture and levers for change can help enhance ...

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