AGB Welcomes Experts R. Barbara Gitenstein and David Bass to Association Staff | New


WASHINGTON, September 29, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – The Association of University and College Boards (AGB), the leading organization advocating strategic board governance in higher education, today announced that R. Barbara (Bobby) Gitenstein, doctorate and David Bass join the organization as Senior Vice President for Consulting and Executive Director for Philanthropic Governance, respectively.

“I am delighted that Bobby and David are joining our team,” said Henri stoever, President and CEO of AGB. “They are unparalleled experts in higher education governance who will therefore serve to strengthen the governance of our institution’s board of directors and associated foundation members at a critical time.”

As the new senior vice president of the board, Gitenstein will lead AGB’s consulting arm. She is responsible for establishing a new strategic framework to enhance AGB Consulting’s service portfolio, which includes tailor-made support regarding governance policies, structure and membership; evaluations of the board of directors and the president; board development workshops and retreats; justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; mergers and affiliations; strategic planning and transformation; and more for institutions, systems and institutionally linked foundations. Gitenstein has over 40 years of experience as a college professor and administrator in both the public and private sectors, which makes her the perfect fit for the role.

Most recently, Gitenstein was a senior fellow and senior consultant for AGB. She is president emeritus of the College of New Jersey (TCNJ) where she served for almost 20 years. His stint at TCNJ was a transformation for the institution, with significant increases in enrollments (including black and Latin students), alumni endowments and donations, and student graduation rates. She also has experience in developing strategic relationships, having overseen a public-private partnership to modernize and expand the TCNJ campus footprint. Prior to being appointed President of TCNJ, Gitenstein served as Provost and Executive Vice President of Drake University for over six years. She was the first woman to hold the post of provost at Duck, and she was the first woman to serve as TCNJ President. She has been recognized for her commitments to justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; shared governance; and prevention of sexual assault on college and university campuses.

“I worked with AGB for many years as university president and then as a consultant,” Gitenstein said. “I have seen with my own eyes how the business of higher education has become increasingly complicated over the past two decades. AGB Consulting has been a source of support and direction for hundreds of institutions, and I am happy to help advance strategic board governance among our members. “

As the Senior Executive Director of Philanthropic Governance, Bass will provide thought leadership on board governance and leadership best practices related to philanthropy in higher education. He will lead the development of new resources that benefit foundation boards, alumni councils, institutional boards and other senior institutional advancement leaders, leveraging his knowledge and a career. 22 years on the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and AGB.

Previously, Bass was Senior Director of Research at CASE, where he developed a global research program for members. He managed the creation of a global pilot program for a series of advancement metrics that will enable international benchmarking of fundraising work and alumni relations. In addition, he has initiated and contributed to several grant programs and research initiatives helping minority-serving institutions, US public colleges and universities, and international institutions strengthen their advancement processes and opportunities. Prior to CASE, he served as the Senior Director of Foundation Programs and Research at AGB, where he oversaw the association’s annual Foundation Leadership Forum and advised institutions and their foundations on best practices. advancement and institution-foundation alignment. He is the author of several publications on the governance of the foundation board.

“I am delighted to be returning to AGB,” said Bass. “Philanthropy is increasingly important for creating opportunities for economically disadvantaged and historically under-represented students, for funding research and faculty, and for creating centers of academic excellence. build lasting and potentially transformative foundations and advancement programs. “

Gitenstein begins his mandate on October 11, 2021. Bass will join AGB on November 15, 2021.

About AGB

The Association of University and College Governing Boards (AGB) is the leading membership organization that strengthens higher education governing boards and the strategic roles they play within their organizations. Through our extensive library of resources, educational events and advisory services, and with 100 years of experience, we empower 40,000 AGB members from over 2,000 institutions and foundations to navigate complex issues, put implementing leading practices, streamlining operations and governing with confidence. AGB is the trusted resource for board members, CEOs and key administrators on higher education governance and leadership.

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