The third and final installment in a special report series sheds light on strategies to maximize the strategic engagement of new University Trustees.

CHAE is proud to announce the release of a special report entitled A Great Collection of Minds: Maximizing the Strategic Engagement of New University Trustees. The 2017 report covers the third and final phase of a two year longitudinal study of new trustees at Michigan public universities. The report was co-authored by Michael J. Zeig, Ph.D., Roger G. Baldwin, Ph.D., and Kathleen, M. Wilbur, HALE doctoral candidate. 

The 2017 report offers insights on topics including:

  • Board assessment, effectiveness, and areas of improvement,
  • Strategic planning opportunities in succession planning, finances, risk management, and academic matters,
  • Emphasis on cultivating strong communication and president-trustee relationships,
  • Investing in board orientation and continuing education needs, and
  • Recommendations to the Governor on board appointments. 

The new report is available for download as an attachment below.  The first report, Great Expectations: A Longitudinal Study of New University Trustees, was released in 2014. The second report, Oversight vs. Strategic Engagement: The Competing Roles of Public University Trustees, was released in 2015.   

About the authors: 

Michael J. Zeig, Ph.D. ( works in the Office of Planning and Budgets at Michigan State University. He was previously employed in the Michigan Governor’s Office (2008-10) where he worked with university trustee appointments. 

Roger G. Baldwin, Ph.D. ( is a professor of higher, adult, and lifelong education at Michigan State University. Additionally, he is a trustee at Hiram College, serving since 1994. 

Kathleen M. Wilbur ( is the vice president of government and external relations at Central Michigan University and a doctoral student in the higher, adult, and lifelong education program at Michigan State University. She previously served on the Michigan State University Board of Trustees from 1985 to 1991.