Senior Vice President for Strategic Insights

Position Overview

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The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) seeks a Senior Vice President for Strategic Insights (SVPSI) to lead the content and programs team to educate and inform AGB members and stakeholders regarding current and emerging issues facing higher education governing boards and evolving leading governance practices. As an outcome, the SVPSI will help empower AGB to serve as members’ “go-to” strategic board governance partner. Further, the SVPSI will help ensure that AGB members are provided with critical insights needed to inspire them to serve as consequential, strategic thought partners focused on long-term institutional and foundational vitality and equitable student success.

The SVPSI will report to Henry Stoever, AGB’s President and CEO (CEO), and will serve as a member of the AGB Leadership Team (LT). As a key spokesperson for AGB, the SVPSI will engage with the media, stakeholders, and AGB members regarding crucial topics in higher education. As a member of the LT, the SVPSI will work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to create integrated content and programs strategies and business plans that provide distinct resources for members to rely upon and fulfill their board governance responsibilities. The SVPSI will prioritize, delegate, inspire, and empower their team to create, optimize, and drive efficient and effective engagement of content for AGB’s signature magazine, Trusteeship, digital and print publications, online courses, webinars, and events including the National Conference on Trusteeship, the Foundation Leadership Forum, the Board Professionals Conference, and board chair/chief executive institutes. Ultimately, the SVPSI will leverage lived campus leadership experience and understanding of board governance to advance AGB’s focus on empowering board members to govern with knowledge and confidence.

The SVPSI is expected to be knowledgeable about higher education board governance topics across systems, public and private colleges and universities, community colleges, and institutionally related foundations (IRFs). Serving as a key AGB spokesperson, the Senior Vice President is expected to be a savvy speaker who can effectively engage with board members, chief executives, administrators and staff, media, and other stakeholders such as the AGB board of directors, partners, and consultants. In this externally facing capacity, the SVPSI will complement the AGB president’s efforts to articulate leading board practices and amplify the visibility and value proposition of AGB.

AGB is the premier membership organization that strengthens higher education governing boards and the strategic roles they serve within their organizations. Through our vast library of resources, educational events, executive search services, and consulting practice, and with more than 100 years of experience, we empower 40,000 AGB members from more than 2,000 institutions and foundations to navigate complex issues, implement leading practices, streamline operations, and govern with confidence. AGB is the trusted resource for board members, chief executives, and key administrators on higher education governance and leadership. For more information about AGB, please visit

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Nominations and Applications

The Search Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications in July and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applicant materials should be received by August 31, 2022.

Candidates should provide:

  1. A letter of interest stating how their experience and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and priorities expressed in the leadership profile;
  2. A curriculum vitae;
  3. A statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion, and
  4. The names and contact information of five professional references. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.

Application materials and nominations should be sent electronically (PDF or MS Word) to:

Please direct nominations and inquiries to:

Ms. Monica Burton, Principal, / (917) 825-2961

Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Plympton, Principal, / (484) 554-4542

Mr. Andrew Bowen, Executive Search / (802) 345-1279 

AGB is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Employees are selected on the basis of their qualifications and work experience. AGB does not discriminate against any candidate for employment or employee because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, physical handicap, matriculation, or political affiliation. AGB also strives to recruit and promote qualified candidates from minority groups, women, veterans, and the disabled.