NICC Board Training Proves Effective

Aug 15th, 1998 | By | Category: 10-1: Teaching Math and Science, Tribal College News

The six member board of the Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC) has made a commitment to become a pro-active board dedicated to making decisions that positively impact the institution, staff and faculty, students, and the community. The college’s headquarters are located in Macy, Neb., with additional campuses in Santee, Neb., and Marty, S.D.

Board President Jessiline Anderson commented that as this particular board began to work together, the members realized how a board’s instability and lack of awareness of its roles and responsibilities can have a negative effect on the entire college. They decided to involve themselves in policy making and turn over college management to NICC President Sky Houser. To achieve their goal of finding out exactly what the board’s duties should include, the directors knew that they needed training.

NICC’s board contacted the Association of Governing Boards, which introduced them to Sister Colette Mahoney from New York. This relationship has proven positive for all concerned. With her expertise in training board members, she has been instrumental in fostering positive relationships among the board members and has pointed out areas within the institution where the board can and should become involved. The board and President Houser have welcomed her experienced and objective opinion.

Sister Colette’s input has helped the board members to realize that the most significant contribution they can make is to recognize their limitations and build on their strengths. In order to deal most effectively with both and to serve to their maximum potential, they have learned that board training is essential. As they grow, so grows Nebraska Indian Community College. For more information contact: Thomas Popplewell, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, 1 Dupont Circle, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone (202) 296-8400.

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