What to Consider

AuthorCheryl Foy
What to Consider
When joining a university board, you become part of the rich and enduring
history of higher education, as “[m]ost of the Western institutions in exist-
ence ve hundred years ago that survive today are universities.” For those
who are interested in becoming a member of a governing board, university
boards are attractive. Although roles are generally unpaid, university boards
have a high public prole, oer a chance to serve the community, provide
opportunities to learn from and engage with a network of individuals from
many other sectors, and provide excellent, if challenging, governance train-
ing for those board members hoping to later seek a role on a paid board.
Universities are sizeable institutions with strong roots and traditions.
Universities are exciting places that “have become one of the most
important institutions in our society. ey are at the forefront of research
and teaching and are engaged in some pretty amazing developments. It is
inspiring to be a part of institutions that “exist to develop the human intel-
lect, to enable discernment and the search for truth, and to resist ignorance,
1 Peter MacKinnon, University Commons Divided: Exploring Debate and Dissent on Campus
(Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018) at 90.
2 Ian Austin & Glen A Jones, Governance of Higher Education: Global Perspectives, Theories
and Practices (New York: Routledge, 2015) at 1.

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