August 13, 2012
Too Many Trustees Can Burden a Board, More Colleges Realize
Nabil K. Mark, Centre Daily Times, MCT via Getty Images
In a dramatic scene that has been reduced to a footnote in the story of Southern Methodist University's football scandal, nearly three dozen trustees voted to fire themselves in the spring of 1987. By eliminating many of their own positions, the Southern Methodist board elected to do something few boards ever do: get smaller.
Those were desperate days for Southern Methodist. Following an investigation of a long-running pay-for-play football scheme at the university, the National