Leadership Team of the Governing Board

Governing board officers provide leadership for the board.  Boards usually have a Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary.

The governing board Chair plays a key role in the well-being of the board.  Being a good board chair requires motivation and the commitment of significant time and energy.  As the board leader, the Chair is responsible for:

  • running effective meetings,
  • maintaining parliamentary procedure,
  • handling conflicts and crises,
  • ensuring ethics and
  • working closely in partnership with the President.  

The Vice Chair is typically the successor to the Chair, and the position:

  • performs Chair responsibilities in the absence of the Chair
  • works closely with the Chair, President, and senior level staff.

When there is a transition of Presidents, the Vice Chair:

  • participates with the Chair to develop and implement the transition plan,
  • hires a search consultant, if the Board elects to do so, and
  • assists in the coordination of the search.

Of course, the Vice Chair may also be asked to take on other responsibilities as assigned by the Board.

The Board Secretary is the member of the board charged with the responsibility of:

  • maintaining records of the board;
  • ensuring effective management of the institution’s records; and
  • taking, managing, and ensuring that accurate minutes of the meetings are distributed in a timely fashion.

The Secretary should be familiar with the by-laws and other legal documents in order to reference them if necessary during the course of a meeting.

Suggested reading: The Board Chair: A Guide for Leading Community College Boards