“Board Governance: Getting it Right this Time Around”

An effective Board of Directors should think deeply about the way in which they carry out their role and the behaviors they display, not just the structure and processes they put in place. This training session is designed to equip board members with tools that will enable them to be more effective when dealing with Executive Directors, staff members, as well as the public. Additionally, workshop participants will:
  • Learn why a Board of Directors matter
  • Learn about the benefits of Succession Planning as it relates to leadership transition
  • Learn how to avoid personnel conflicts in leadership
  • Learn how to develop staff and volunteers for future leadership needs
  • Look for ways to build capacity and strengthen infrastructure through transition
  • Learn the attributes that contribute to Board effectiveness

Workshop Delivery Methods

  • Open discussions
  • Scenarios
  • Facilitator-lead information sharing
  • Cartoons
  • Personal reflections

Lessons Learned

  • The benefits of Succession Planning
  • Thoughtful planning prepares an agency for leadership transitions, expected and unexpected
  • The pitfalls due to a lack of planning

About Presenter:

Rufus Johnson, Ed. D., a retired educator, has devoted more than 40 years of his life to educating young people in the public schools, colleges and universities, and young people detained in the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice facilities. He has extensive experience in working with youth in both general education as well as students with disabilities. His recent activities include facilitating the Strategic Planning process for the Department of Juvenile Justice, working with teachers pursuing certification, and coordinating the Georgia DJJ through AdvancED / Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaccreditation process.
Dr. Johnson received his B.A. degree in English and the Master of Arts degree in English Education from Mercer University (Macon, GA), the Education Specialist degree in School Leadership from Georgia State University, and the Doctor of Education degree in School Leadership from Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, Florida). While employed in the Macon-Bibb County School System, he rose through the ranks as a substitute teacher, certified classroom teacher and supervising principal for 21 years emerging as a student advocate and parent supporter. He then spent three years working throughout the state where he helped develop curriculums and workshops teaching others about the importance of Character Education and practicing good social skills in the home, at school, the community, and in the workplace.
“Ethics is to know the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.”
“Just do Right”