Board of Trustees and Executives: Expectations in Communication and Responsibilities

Oct. 26 – An essay by University Chancellor Toni Murdock that establishes a framework for discussing the Board’s operational style, communications patterns, and governance structure, including protocols for trustee/faculty interaction. Her bibliography makes no reference to Mort Rauh’s 1969 book.

BOT_ULC_communication_and_responsibilities.pdf [471.86KB], Documents

excerpts

“ This discussion will provide the substance that enables the ULC and a small task force of trustees to propose to the Board recommendations for guidelines and structures that foster Antioch University’s success in the 21st Century. These recommendations and their outcomes will be a crucial part of the strategic planning process as we move forward to increase the quality, effectiveness, and sustainability of our educational system and the structure that supports it.”

“ To the extent that faculty, working through normal administrative channels, can come to agreements that their President can support, their interests are likely to be better served than in situations in which a few faculty members with direct access to the Board presume to speak for their peers, The Board operates under geographical constraints that limit its range of options. Consequently, the best influence is exerted through regular departmental and administrative structures rather than through direct faculty participation or contact. Faculty should be encouraged to focus on trustees as potential resources rather than as adversaries. The trustee who is treated as an ally is likely to be a defender of the campus in trying times.”