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Witt/Kieffer Board Services Practice Identifies Trustees in Higher Education

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The role of boards in higher education is changing and becoming more demanding, requiring trustees of a different kind. Witt/Kieffer has developed a good sense of what makes for a successful board and the firm’s new practice will provide a unique service based on that knowledge. “What we’re doing is a strategic response to what has been graphically illustrated over the past few years,” said John K. Thornburgh, senior vice president and co-leader of Witt/Kieffer’s education practice. “Today’s boards are no longer the nice, cozy, four-times-a-year meeting environment that they used to be. They really require people who are equipped with the right experience and in it for the right reasons.”

The firm’s board practice most likely appeals to large, complex institutions that need trustees with a diverse background. Boards often prefer to bring on trustees with previous board experience, either in higher education or elsewhere. “These boards aren’t training grounds,” Thornburgh said.

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