When meeting with a board for the first time, I often begin by asking the members to describe a decision about which they are particularly proud. Most often, the selection of a new president is cited as the board's crowning moment. In other less happy situations, board members comment on hard actions taken in response to a financial crisis. Occasionally I hear about the board's role in the strategic planning process or how they gave the nod to a new degree program. Almost never do board members mention their role in fundraising as something in which they take pride -- at least not without some prodding on my part.

Article from: Autumn 2007

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