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How Boards Lead Small Colleges

While the media frequently report on threats facing colleges and universities, no sector of higher education is in more danger than private colleges with small endowments and low enrollments. Numerous small private liberal arts colleges could benefit from careful consideration of characteristics and practices of successful trusteeship.

In How Boards Lead Small Colleges, Alice Lee Williams Brown and Elizabeth Richmond Hayford focus on small colleges—the kind that seldom attract the attention of researchers. Integrating case studies with theoretical analyses of college governance, they explain the basic responsibilities of boards while demonstrating how some develop practices that fulfill these responsibilities more effectively than others. The book emphasizes strategic planning and collaboration between the board and central administration—advice useful to those governing colleges and universities of all sizes and strengths.

For decades, the authors led consortia of small colleges and served on boards of multiple nonprofit organizations. Here, they interview trustees and presidents at dozens of small colleges across multiple states to identify the role governing boards play in building strong private colleges. Encouraging presidents to consider new approaches for working with their boards based on mutual dedication to strengthening institutions, Brown and Hayford also urge trustees to challenge new thinking from their presidents without interfering in internal operations. How Boards Lead Small Colleges is designed to appeal to anyone with a special interest in the future of small private colleges, which play a critical role in the world of higher education.

About the Authors

Alice Lee Williams Brown, president emerita of the Appalachian College Association, is the author of Cautionary Tales: Strategy Lessons from Struggling Colleges. Elizabeth Richmond Hayford, the former president of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, teaches in Northwestern University's Higher Education Administration and Policy Program.

Endorsements

"Brown and Hayford make the case that able, committed, knowledgeable boards of trustees are essential to the effective functioning of academic institutions. A very useful study that should be put in the hands of many of the people who will become either presidents or members of boards of small liberal arts colleges."

- Mary Patterson McPherson, President Emeritus, Bryn Mawr College

"This reader-friendly, jargon-free, anecdote-rich account should prove especially useful to current and potential board members who wish to be well-prepared to serve the institutions they care about."

- Judith Shapiro, President Emerita, Barnard College

"The role of trustees is often misunderstood not only by faculty, staff, and students but by presidents and board members as well. This landmark book makes a compelling case that trustees can, and must, play a critical role in making their colleges thrive. Replete with provocative examples, Brown and Hayford's book is a very practical guide to assuring that the value of the board's contribution to institutional leadership can be realized."

- Richard A. Detweiler, President Emeritus, Great Lakes Colleges Association

"Brown and Hayford present an illuminating and accessible examination of an understudied topic: the responsibilities of trustees in small liberal arts colleges. Their wisely selected case examples provide critical insights about challenges facing college and university trustees across institutional types. This book should be widely consulted as a resource for trustee education, assessment, and recruitment."

- Eugene Y. Lowe, Assistant to the President, Northwestern University, and trustee, Berea College
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