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Effective governance is paramount to the success and sustainability of any institution. Central to this governance structure are the roles and responsibilities of board officers, who serve as stewards of the institution’s mission, resources, and strategic direction. Recognizing the critical significance of these roles, the In Trust Center has drafted comprehensive board officer descriptions tailored to guide institutional boards in fulfilling their duties effectively.

These officer role descriptions serve as invaluable resources, offering insights into the multifaceted responsibilities of board officers. Crafted with careful consideration of best practices and informed by the evolving landscape of nonprofit governance, these templates aim to ensure good governance and institutional well-being.

Whether your institution is establishing a new board structure or seeking to refine existing practices, these templates provide a framework for delineating the roles and responsibilities of board chair, vice chair, governance chair, finance chair, treasurer, and secretary.

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Upcoming Events

The In Trust Center hosts learning community spaces throughout the year. Check out our upcoming events below.

I See That Hand


Board members are typically recruited for their leadership, business acumen, and networks. Dr. Rebekah Basinger, project director of the In Trust Center’s Wise Stewards Initiative, will discuss how strategic questioning and interrogation skills are essential for effective board stewardship.

Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education


In this on-demand webinar, Rick Staisloff, senior partner of rpk GROUP, discusses essential aspects of strategic partnerships. This session delves into current trends, identification of partners, navigating the due diligence process, and common challenges.

Closing the Trust Gap


The current and very troubling condition of trust is a clarion call to action. But despite the dismal data showing pervasive organizational distrust, every organization can assess their current level of trust, learn and adopt a proven trust building framework, and then develop a meaningful and long-lasting plan of action. This webinar details the knowledge and practical next steps to strengthen workplace culture as a result of closing the trust gap.


In Trust Center provides Resource Consulting to our members at no charge. Contact us today and let us guide you to the most helpful resources for your situation.

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