Perceptions of Jesuit College and University Governing Board Effectiveness: Characteristics, Behaviors, and Mission Connections

William Howard Johnson, Fordham University

Abstract

Previous studies on college and university governing boards have provided important information about their composition and the perceptions of their board members. There have been few studies which explore these elements within Catholic college and university governing boards. Using descriptive research methods, this exploratory study surveyed over one hundred governing board members from 11 Jesuit colleges and universities. From these governing board members, key demographic information was gathered, providing a glimpse of how Jesuit college and university boards are comprised. In addition, utilizing a survey instrument previously used in a similar study, this study further generalizes the perceptions of governing board members on a range of practices and behaviors which have been deemed characteristics of effective boards. ^ The results of this study suggest that Jesuit college and university governing boards should consider initiatives to address the lack of gender and racial/ethnic diversity on their boards. Simultaneously, the findings of this study indicate that governing board members at Jesuit colleges and universities are deeply connected to and aware of the mission, values, and traditions of their respective college or university. At a time when the number of Jesuits serving on governing boards and in administrative roles is dwindling, it will be incumbent upon boards to ensure that their members continue to uphold the mission, values, and traditions. The researcher concludes this study by providing multiple recommendations and strategies, including those that will address the composition, education, training, and self-assessment practices of Jesuit college and university governing board.^

Subject Area

Higher education administration|Religious education|Higher education

Recommended Citation

Johnson, William Howard, "Perceptions of Jesuit College and University Governing Board Effectiveness: Characteristics, Behaviors, and Mission Connections" (2018). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI10786895.
https://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI10786895

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