Considering partnership? What questions do you have?
Recorded on March 7, 2017 (60 minutes)

What is important for the president and board to know before, during, and post-partnership? How can institutions avoid common pitfalls?
Join Richard (Tom) Ingram, president emeritus of the Association of Governing Boards, and Richard Staisloff, principal of rpk GROUP, as they answer your questions about mergers, alliances, and other higher-ed partnerships. Ask your own questions in advance and they'll become the basis of the webinar.

If you are considering a partnership, you won't want to miss this unique opportunity to engage confidentially with experts.

Mr. Richard Staisloff is the founder and a principal of rpk GROUP, a leading national consulting firm supporting colleges, universities and other non-profits with their growth and reallocation strategies. rpk GROUP emerged from two decades of leadership positions in the higher education sector, where Mr. Staisloff developed his expertise in finance and higher education from the perspective of public and private, two- and four-year institutions, higher education commissions, and State legislatures.

Mr. Staisloff has worked with institutions nationwide and internationally, helping them to combine a mission and market approach to strategic planning and business development. He has been a leading voice in the development of a new business model for higher education, working closely with the Association of Governing Boards, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, NACUBO, and others to develop a new language and new metrics around cost, price and finance for the higher education sector.

Mr. Staisloff joined College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1998 as vice president for finance and administration. Prior to that, Mr. Staisloff served four years at Carroll Community College, where he helped lead the creation of this college. From 1992 to 1994, Mr. Staisloff acted as a finance policy analyst for the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Finally, he served with the Maryland General Assembly House Committee on Ways and Means from 1989 to 1992, focusing on education and taxation issues. Mr. Staisloff received his B.A. from Loyola College in Maryland and an M.A. from The American University.

Mr. Staisloff serves on the plant committee for St. Mary's Seminary and University, and is a member of the 2006 class of the Greater Baltimore Committee's Leadership Program. Finally, Mr. Staisloff has taught in the Executive Doctorate Program for Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania, and with the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership (Arizona State University and Georgetown University).

Dr. Richard (Tom) Ingram is president-emeritus of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) where he served as president for 13 of his 34 years, through 2005. He is a consultant, facilitator, speaker and writer on academic trusteeship and nonprofit directorship whose current focus includes best governance practices, board self-study retreats, presidential and board performance reviews, bylaw revision, and executive coaching.

Tom has served on the board of trustees of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Higher Education (CASE) based in Washington, D.C., London, and Singapore (2006-2010). He previously served on the boards of three private colleges (Dickinson College, Allegheny College, and the University of Charleston), an independent secondary school for girls, a higher education association, a multiple-employer health insurance company, and a mutual liability insurance company -- United Educators headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland; where he was a founding director. More recently, he was on the board of directors of Concorde Career Colleges that specializes in allied health education in 16 cities.

In addition to facilitating workshops with the boards and chief executives of nearly 300 colleges, universities, theological schools, and independent schools, Tom has worked with scores of national nonprofit organizations including the Bush Foundation, American Institute of Architects, National Symphony Orchestra, and the American Hospital Association. He has worked with educational and other organizations in Bolivia, Canada, Spain, Mexico, South Africa, Taiwan, Japan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Among his scores of clients in higher education are Boston University, Yeshiva University, Antioch University, and the University of Florida. More recent clients include Coker College, American University of Nigeria, Mount St. Mary's University, Hilbert College, St. Bonaventure University, and St. John Fisher College.

His publication, Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards for BoardSource, now in its Third Edition, has sold more than 300,000 copies. In addition to his several books on college and university trusteeship published by Jossey-Bass, he has written pamphlets by AGB and articles for CASE Currents, Educational Record, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Trusteeship magazine.

Tom held various positions at the University of Maryland, and served as an adjunct instructor for the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Southern California. An officer with the United States Army in 1969-71, he served as director of admissions and personnel for the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) Preparatory School (then at Fort Belvoir, VA) and as an operations research officer in Vietnam with the rank of Captain.

A native of Western Pennsylvania, Tom earned his bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his doctorate in higher education from the University of Maryland in College Park. In 2006, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Mitchell College (New London, CT). He and his wife, Mollie, reside in Potomac, Maryland and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

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