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In Trust newsletter logo August 29, 2014

Who will lead the exiles? A seminary-for-exiles

Pilgrim“We live in a time of exile,” writes Carl Trueman, a professor of church history at Westminster Theological Seminary, in the latest edition of First Things.

“The Western public square is no longer a place where Christians feel they belong with any degree of comfort.”


A call for board members to step up

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review best summed up a recent report from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) with this headline: “Scathing report says college trustees fail in mission.” The gist of the report is that higher education is mismanaged, and the buck stops with the board.

Public opinion about institutions of higher education is skeptical. High on the list of complaints is that schools have been increasing tuition at an astronomical rate, saddling students with decades of debt.


Should you fire underperforming board members?

Pink SlipShould you fire underperforming board members? The author of "Firing Lousy Board Members" thinks so, and she outlines the process for doing so.

Of course, it's not as easy as saying, "So-and-so is a lousy board member. Out!"

No, a board needs to operate in such a way that (1) expectations for board service are made clear, (2) board members are given the tools they need to meet those expectations, and (3) there is a system for evaluating and giving feedback to board members.


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