Strategic Governance

Strategic Governance in Educational Institutions

Create a sound system of shared governance to support effective decision-making and action.

Governing your institution strategically starts at the top of the organization…and the bottom…and everywhere else. We can help your Board learn to govern strategically, focusing on high-level policy and the measurement of key areas of institutional performance. And we can work with your whole institution to determine what internal governance and management structures and systems for collaboration, communication, and decision-making will serve it most effectively. We help boards of trustees, senior administrators, faculty and staff understand their domains of authority and roles in a sound system of shared governance. Our experienced consultants can help your institution improve its capacity for making big strategic decisions effectively and quickly, as required by a rapidly-changing marketplace.

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  • “Thank you for your help in coming to Portland and working with the MECA (Maine College of Art) board… The feedback has been very positive. I personally thank you…(and) hope you will return…I am grateful you were able to work with us.”
    Deborah Spring Reed, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Maine College of Art
  • “…Thank you for all your guidance and encouragement through the tasks of the Governance Task Force. I was overwhelmed in September and I appreciate all your support and advice throughout the process. Everything went well in an area that could have been difficult–thanks to [Stevens Strategy]. It was a great learning experience for me.”
    Dr. Barbara Gallagher, Faculty Chair of the Task Force on Governance, Immaculata University
  • “Our work was primarily with Brendan Leonard. We found him to be competent, helpful, available and open to adjustments to respond to our needs and circumstances. We are aware that he consulted with other members of the Stevens Strategy team… Stevens Strategy‘s over-all experience with higher education institutions was a plus as it saved the necessity of explaining our particular systems, attitudes and understandings. John Stevens’ knowledge of the ‘mega issues,’ as illustrated in his presentation at the Board Retreat, was sound and comprehensive… The facilitation of the culminating Board Retreat was excellent. Trustees were informed, engaged and very much appreciated their participation.”
    Sister Mary Ann Dillon, PhD, President, Mount Aloysius College