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You may stumble onto a good, or even great, board chair by luck, but it’s not likely.


Schools and other nonprofits typically get the chairs they have “grown” -- board leaders who have been nurtured with the chair role in mind. But when there is no advance development, schools tend to get board chairs who are unprepared, untested, and weak. These are often talented people who could have been excellent chairs but find the role frustrating and the work unsatisfying. Sometimes they depart with hurt or puzzled feelings about a disappointing tenure.

Whatever your current situation, it’s time to start developing your next great board chair. To get you started, you may want to utilize “Succession Planning for the Board Chair Position,” a succinct resource available from BoardSource for institutions that want to develop board chairs now and in the future. The resource is available online to BoardSource members and provides information on:

  • Identifying key leadership skills
  • Clarifying key duties
  • Planning the succession process
  • Mentoring the chair-to-be

For more information on board chair succession planning, contact us at

And let us know if your board has recently gone through a board chair transition. What were the triumphs and opportunities that arose in the transition process? What lessons did you learn to inform future chair successions? 

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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 Resource Grants


An In Trust Center Resource Grant offers member schools a chance to explore innovation at their institutions through a matching grant opportunity of up to $15,000. Listen to this 30-minute information session, including Q&A, as we provide details on eligibility requirements, funding priorities, application process. Previous grantees are eligible to apply as long as they are not within our current funding cycle.

Conflict + Crisis: Navigating the Shoals, Part 2 – A Deeper Dive


Presenter Donna Alexander, President & CEO of Advoxum Global Strategies, offers best practices for navigating conflict and crisis. She examines the crucial elements of defining conflict and crisis, identifying, and prioritizing affected stakeholders, utilizing effective communication strategies, and ultimately, executing a plan of action. Click here to view.

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