Governing Board Roles & Responsibilities

Effective boards form a cohesive group able to articulate and represent the public interest, establish a climate for learning and monitor the effectiveness of the institution. Boards of trustees do not do the work of their institutions; they establish standards for that work through the policies they create and approve.

Specific responsibilities are to:

  • Act as a unit.
  • Represent the community and serve the public good.
  • Be visionary; think strategically.
  • Establish policies to support the mission of the institution.
  • Employ, evaluate and support the College President.
  • Create a culture of evidence that monitors institutional performance.

We welcome new and experienced trustees to join us for our Governance Leadership Institutes, designed to accelerate the contribution of new trustees and serve as a refresher for trustees who want to review the principles of effective board leadership.


Learning Tools and Activities for Trustees

We also encourage new and experienced trustees to access the many learning tools, activities and publications offered by ACCT services.
Specifically for board roles and responsibilities, we recommend the following webinars:

How the Board can Organize an Effective Meeting: Basic Board Procedures

Safeguarding your Institution: The Board’s Role in Navigating Disaster

What Boards Need to Know about Institutional Accreditation

Keeping Order: Robert’s Rules for Trustees in Two Parts


trusteeship-in-community-collegesTrusteeship in Community Colleges: A Guide for Effective Governance

By Cindra J. Smith
Published by Association of Community College Trustees, 2000

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