Industry Leaders Launch Institute for Aspiring Higher Education Presidents

Six-month program will prepare participants for institutional leadership and effective relationships with boards of trustees. 

Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2018 – With the higher education presidency changing at a dramatic pace, four organizations have joined forces to ensure future leaders have the requisite skills and knowledge to successfully lead institutions of higher learning.

The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), AGB Search, the Rockefeller Institute of Government (SUNY), and the University at Albany (SUNY) School of Education, today announced the launch of the AGB Institute for Leadership & Governance in Higher Education ( The Institute is designed to prepare higher education executives for the position of president or chancellor at research universities or regional comprehensive institutions.

Research shows that the average tenure of college presidents in their current positions was six-and-a-half years in 2016, down from about seven years in 2011 and an average of eight-and-a-half years in 2006. These data suggest that a larger pool of qualified leaders is needed at more institutions of higher education every year. The presidency itself is also transforming, with more emphasis placed on technology, fundraising, and the changing student demographic.

Dr. Nancy Zimpher, Ph.D., chancellor emerita of State University of New York (SUNY), will serve as director for the AGB Institute for Leadership & Governance in Higher Education.

“Assuming a presidential leadership role is an acquired skill, including a masterful combination of vision, action and sustainability,” Zimpher stated. “Learning to lead in partnership with your institution’s board of trustees will guarantee success. At the heart of the AGB Institute for Leadership & Governance is just this kind of collective impact.”  
The six-month institute, which will kick off in January 2019, is composed of two onsite symposia (Washington, D.C. and New York City), four monthly webinars, exclusive attendance at the AGB National Conference on Trusteeship in April 2019, and an on-campus shadowing experience with a sitting president. The Institute offers an unmatched opportunity for participants to learn from sitting university presidents, chancellors, trustees, and key industry leaders. 

The AGB Institute for Leadership and Governance is open to a maximum of 24 individuals per year. More information and the application form can be found at


About AGB
The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) is the premier organization centered on governance in higher education. AGB provides leadership and counsel to member boards, chief executives, organizational staff, policy makers, and other key industry leaders to help them navigate the changing education landscape. 

About AGB Search
AGB Search, based in Washington, D.C., is the only firm that specializes in all aspects of higher education executive search, including permanent search, interim search and compensation evaluation. Founded by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) in 2010, the firm has a unique understanding of the qualifications critical for effective higher education leadership.

About the Rockefeller Institute of Government (SUNY)
The Rockefeller Institute of Government is a public policy think tank that conducts cutting-edge research and analysis to inform lasting solutions to the problems facing New York State and the nation. The Institute’s mission is to improve the capacities of communities, state and local governments, and the federal system to work toward genuine, evidence-based solutions. 

About the University at Albany (SUNY) School of Education
A comprehensive public research university, the University at Albany offers more than 120 undergraduate majors and minors and 125 master's, doctoral, and graduate certificate programs. The nationally ranked and accredited programs of the School of Education have been the springboard to outstanding careers in numerous fields.