Tight Times Call for Trustees Who Push Back, Presidents Say

With the economic meltdown driving fundamental changes in higher education, presidents need trustees who can make tough decisions while maintaining a clear understanding of their roles.

That was the message from seven college chiefs who spoke Monday at the annual meeting of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, held here this week.

“What I need is what I call 'go to' board members,” said Charles B. Reed, chancellor of the