Trustees: More Willing Than Ready

A Chronicle survey finds many board members feel unprepared for the job

At a time when the public and politicians are demanding more of colleges, many members of governing boards feel ill prepared for the job. Their lack of readiness and knowledge touches almost every corner of a college's operations, like campus politics and fund raising, and is often the source for strained relations with the institution's president, according to an extensive survey of trustees conducted by The Chronicle.

Over all, fewer than 15 percent of trustees considered themselves