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November 14, 2019  

Board Ethics with Jeff Advokat

On this episode of In The Know we interviewed Jeff Advokat, Trustee at the County College of Morris in New Jersey. Jeff was in town for the most recent Governance Leadership Institute, so we talked with him about community college board ethics. He’s been an attorney for nearly four decades and had a lot of good advice regarding ethical dilemmas trustees might encounter.

If you like this episode, check out the other episode we recorded with Jeff about what new trustees should know before getting started. It’s titled “Attention New Trustees, This Episode is for you.” Remember to subscribe so you’re notified when we release new episodes. Thanks for listening, we’ll see you next week.

November 5, 2019  

The Future of Work with Michelle Weise

This episode featuring Michelle Weise was recorded at the 50th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress in October. Michelle is Strada Education Network's Senior Vice President of Workforce Strategies and serves as Chief Innovation Officer for the Strada Institute Future of Work, which is dedicated to advancing understanding of the future of work to build the learning ecosystem of the future. 

Michelle's research focuses on the future of the workforce and how to connect student learners more directly to meaningful employment pathways through their working lives. 

For more information on what Michelle spoke about, check out the book she co-authored with Clayton Christensen titled Hire Education: Mastery, Modularization, and the Workforce Revolution.

October 22, 2019  

What I Wish I Had Known as a New Trustee: Rosaelena O’Neil

Rosaelena "Rosie" O'Neil is a trustee at Northern Virginia Community College and a member of the ACCT Board of Directors, with over 20 years of experience in education advocacy and leadership development. In this episode, Rosie talks to ACCT about what she wishes she had known when she became a new trustee.

In addition to her trusteeship, Rosie serves as deputy director and program counselor in the Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

October 15, 2019  

Attention New Trustees: This Episode is For You

How familiar are most new community college trustees with their roles and responsibilities? Not very, according to Jeffrey M. Advokat, Esq., a long-serving trustee from County College of Morris in New Jersey. That's OK—and actually, according to Advokat, new trustees' relative naivety can be a great asset to any board.

In this must-listen episode for new community college trustees, Advokat discusses "tips of the trade" for new trustees with ACCT's Jacob Bray and David Conner. 

Questions addressed in this episode include:

  • What does a new trustee need to know?
  • When should a new trustee speak up, and when might it be better to listen?
  • How can mentoring relationships help a new trustee to gain a greater understanding of the college and its board?
  • How can a new trustee's relative lack of knowledge be an asset to a board?
  • What should a new trustee understand about the role of the chair versus other board members' roles?
  • What should a new trustee understand about issues such as communications, ethics and how they interrelate?
  • What's rewarding about serving as a community college trustee?

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October 8, 2019  

Strategic Planning for Boards with CampusWorks CEO Liz Murphy

In this episode, CampusWorks CEO and Board Chair Liz Murphy discusses what community college boards need to know about strategic planning. Liz Murphy joined CampusWorks in 2011, bringing with her 22 years of experience at Datatel (now Ellucian), where she most recently served as the chief client officer. Liz is the immediate past president of the Alliance for Innovation & Transformation (AFIT) and a board member of both Community College Business Officers (CCBO) and Quality Matters. 

CampusWorks partners with institutions of all shapes and sizes—from single campus colleges and universities with small enrollments to multi-school systems—to improve operations, reduce costs, and position students for success. The ACCT Corporate Council member company provides a structured approach to make meaningful change minimizing disruptions to your operations. Whether reimagining and redesigning broken business processes, bridging a leadership gap, or providing IT transformation services so your staff can focus on initiatives that support student success, our team members are ready and willing to roll up their sleeves and do the heavy lifting necessary to deliver results and help you achieve real, lasting transformation.

To learn more about strategic planning for higher education, visit: