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Randolph Board of Trustees receives AGB John W. Nason Board Governance Award

Cathy Havener Greer '73 (left), chair of the Randolph College Board of Trustees, accepts the award from Susan Johnston, executive vice president and COO of the AGB.

Cathy Havener Greer ’73 (left), chair of the Randolph College Board of Trustees, accepts the award from Susan Johnston, executive vice president and COO of the AGB.

Randolph College is pleased to announce, in conjunction with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), that its Board of Trustees has been awarded the AGB John W. Nason Board Governance Award for demonstrating innovation and exemplary leadership.

According to AGB, Randolph’s board has served at the pinnacle of excellence and advanced the institution in ways that truly matter. It is one of six to be so honored. All of the winning boards demonstrated:

  • Exceptional leadership and initiative;
  • Distinct contributions to strengthening governance and trusteeship;
  • Unusual courage in the face of difficult circumstances; or
  • Significant achievement that benefits the institutions, system, or foundation.

“Many boards will never have to experience the multitude of difficult decisions that our board has encountered over the last several years, but fortunately for Randolph College, these women and men faced these challenges head on,” said Bradley W. Bateman, president of Randolph College. “I think it is fitting for our board to be honored in this way during the year we are celebrating the 125th anniversary of the College’s founding. Without their forward thinking and knowledge that it was imperative to make decisions about the College’s future during a time of strength, rather than a time of weakness, Randolph might not be the stronger, more vibrant institution that it is today. While some challenges remain, the College is poised for long-term success thanks to the work of the Board of Trustees and its members’ involvement with shared governance at the College.”

The AGB award recognizes the leadership of Randolph’s board during a decade of challenging times for the College. In 2006, the Board of Trustees made the decision as part of a strategic planning effort to admit men for the first time in its history and, consequently, change its name. This strategic plan, adopted in 2006 and revised in 2011, and most recently in October of 2015, has been focused on fulfilling the mission of the College while ensuring its longevity by securing its financial future.

“The courage, strength, and commitment to the College shown by members of Randolph’s board over the past years set the stage for those of us who have followed,” said Cathy Havener Greer ’73, who currently serves as the board’s chair. “They upheld their fiduciary responsibility and moved this College past a trying financial time. Thanks to these careful decisions, Randolph College is a stronger college, poised to make significant gains in the future.”

“Randolph College’s board has shown that dedication to mission need not be incompatible with necessary transformation and structural reorganization,” said Richard D. Legon, AGB president. “Through its attention to shared governance, strategic planning, and difficult decision making, the College has reinvigorated itself and made a commitment to its long-term viability that will benefit both the community and alumnae/alumni.”

AGB presented the award to Randolph’s Board of Trustees Feb. 4 during its winter board meeting.


Since 1921, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) has had one mission: to strengthen and protect this country’s unique form of institutional governance through its research, services, and advocacy. Serving more than 1,300 member boards, 1,900 institutions, and 40,000 individuals, AGB is the only national organization providing university and college presidents, board chairs, trustees, and board professionals of both public and private institutions and institutionally related foundations with resources that enhance their effectiveness.

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