Systemic Change, Approval Processes and Governance: The Role of the Board of Trustees

  • Edward J. Valeau
  • John C. Petersen
Part of the International and Development Education book series (INTDE)


Community College Boards of Trustees, whether, elected or appointed, have similar charges. Boards serve as stewards for the college and are mandated to govern the colleges by a set of adopted policies and procedures designed to guide the interaction between various constituencies who serve within the college. The origin and purpose of boards, their racial and ethnic profiles, role definition, and individual behaviors define the changing nature and growing complexities related to community college management. The high cost of education in an era of economic crisis demands that we understand some of the challenges boards face today and their overall preparation for their job.


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© Stewart E. Sutin, Daniel Derrico, Rosalind Latiner Raby, and Edward J. Valeau 2011

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  • Edward J. Valeau
  • John C. Petersen

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