College Trustees Are Urged to Be More Active in Governance

A group of 22 individuals that includes college presidents, business leaders, academics, and others has signed on to a report calling on trustees to take a more active role in college governance.

The report, “Governance for a New Era: A Blueprint for Higher Education Trustees,” was released on Tuesday by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. It stemmed from a project led by Benno Schmidt, chairman of the City University of New York’s Board of Trustees and a former president of Yale University.

The document calls on trustees to rethink their leadership roles in light of colleges’ current challenges. Broadly, it asserts that trustees should take a strong role in areas such as defining an institution’s goals, protecting academic freedom, ensuring educational quality, and holding colleges accountable for their performance.

Among other higher-education leaders in the group are Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University.

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