To remain fully engaged with strategic initiatives and other aspects of university governance, the George Washington Board of Trustees has established a series of operating and strategic committees whose members dedicate their time and expertise to specific focuses. These committees, which are guided by individual mission statements and charges, are convened on the occasions of full board meetings and throughout the year as necessary.
The Executive Committee is available to act on behalf of the Board of Trustees between meetings. The committee also serves as a resource for the Board chair and president and undertakes other tasks as needed and appropriate.
The committee facilitates the presidential and senior executive assessment and compensation processes and is responsible for establishing compensation policies and practices, as well as approving the compensation and employment arrangements of designated officials of the university, including the president. This includes:
- establishing, reviewing, and implementing compensation policies and practices including maintaining written guidelines with respect to senior executives of the university, including the president;
- regularly assessing presidential performance and working with the president to set the Board’s performance expectations for presidential performance; and
- carrying out the compensation review and approval process in compliance with applicable federal regulations.
Approved by the Executive Committee on September 9, 2013 and approved by the Board of Trustees on October 18, 2013.
Grace E. Speights, Chair
Ellen Zane, Vice Chair
Ave Tucker, Secretary
Thomas LeBlanc, President
The Committee on Academic Affairs is responsible for oversight of the university’s academic mission and for fostering the academic excellence and integrity of the university including strategic academic planning, academic budgeting, academic personnel policies and actions, academic program policies, including research and enrollment, and academic facilities. This includes:
- maintaining clear standards of academic excellence;
- supporting and overseeing GW’s schools, institutes, and research;
- establishing strategic and aggressive but realistic goals to further academic excellence, and measuring the progress toward those goals;
- focusing institutional resources toward achieving the objectives set out in the university’s strategic plan;
- reviewing the Dashboard Core Indicators;
- monitoring overall academic performance and reporting progress to the Board of Trustees;
- engaging in the budget process to assure academic excellence is a priority focus, including multi-year commitments as necessary;
- verifying that faculty evaluation, development, workload, and retirements are assessed on a regular basis;
- guiding the establishment of new academic programs and schools;
- ensuring enrollment strategies are consistent with the university’s goals of academic excellence and accessibility, as well;
- as meeting its financial responsibilities;
- collaborating with the provost to continually evaluate existing programs and schools to assess their efficacy; and
- compliance with applicable external accreditation standards.
Revised and approved by the Committee on Academic Affairs on October 18, 2018, and approved by the Board of Trustees on October 19, 2018.
Madeleine Jacobs, Chair
Donna Hill Staton
Amr ElSawy, Chair
A. Michael Hoffman
Ellen Zane, Chair
A. Michael Hoffman
The Committee on Governance and Nominations is responsible for contributing to and furthering the Board’s ability to govern the affairs of the university, through a process that recognizes the importance of transparent and direct communication with the university’s officers and administration.
In the area of governance, this includes:
- reviewing, and making recommendations on, matters of Board governance;
- reviewing the university governing documents, including bylaws of the university and university mission statement periodically, and considering revisions as appropriate;
- establishing and reviewing procedures for trustee training, including educating trustees about the university and their responsibilities as trustees;
- assisting the Chair of the Board in developing trustee stewardship;
- evaluating trustee performance;
- addressing trustee conflicts of interest;
- evaluating Board effectiveness;
- making recommendations regarding the conduct of Board meetings;
- planning a succession process for presidential transition; and
- planning a succession process for the Board Chair and other Board officers.
In the area of nominations, this includes:
- reviewing and nominating trustee candidates for consideration by the Board, guided by the Criteria for Selection of Members of the Board of Trustees of the George Washington University;
- reviewing and nominating Board officers;
- making sure that the university has the minimum number of trustees required by the bylaws; and
- recommending candidates for university officer positions for consideration by the Board.
Criteria for Selection of Members of the Board of Trustees
of the George Washington University
The Board of Trustees of the George Washington University seeks as trustees individuals of the highest integrity who demonstrate a strong commitment to devote their knowledge, time, and financial resources to the benefit of the university. In identifying and selecting persons to be nominated or renominated to the Board to serve as trustees, the Board’s Committee on Governance and Nominations will consider the following criteria:
- experience that will benefit the Board and the university;
- commitment to engage in significant financial support of the university and provide leadership in fundraising on behalf of the university;
- commitment to attend Board meetings and standing committee meetings, as well as to complete Board assignments between meetings;
- a strong record of interest or involvement in higher education or philanthropic activities;
- ability to contribute to Board diversity;
- a history of leadership and achievements that reflects high standards; and
- reputation in the community as a person of intelligence, integrity, skill, experience, and good judgment.
In addition, the committee will assess the impact of:
- any conflicts of interest (or potential conflicts of interest); and
- in connection with renominations, the nominee’s past effectiveness and participation as a member of the Board.
Revised and approved by Committee on Governance and Nominations on October 18, 2018, and approved by the Board of Trustees on October 19, 2018.
Mark Chichester, Chair
Donna Hill Staton
Strategic Committees/Task Forces
The Committee on Strategic Enrollment is responsible for establishing overarching strategic enrollment priorities that support the educational and research mission of the university. This includes:
- understanding the trends, practices, and challenges in higher education and particularly within GW’s peer group;
- understanding the current state of enrollment management at GW:
- enrollment variables and potential institutional impacts;
- brand positioning;
- enrollment goals, pricing and financial aid strategy, and commitment to student persistence;
- relevant enrollment performance indicators;
- discussing GW’s enrollment’s critical elements, trade-offs, and priorities (pricing, composition of student population (grad/undergrad, total size, first-year vs. transfer), school population, and student body makeup, etc.); and
- developing enrollment priorities to guide GW’s enrollment management strategies.
Approved by the Committee on Strategic Enrollment on October 18, 2018 and by the Board of Trustees on October 19, 2018.
Ave Tucker, Chair
Christine Barth, Chair
Donna Hill Staton
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Washington, DC 20052