Community College Executive Retreats

Community College Executive Retreats

Setting the stage for a successful presidential search

The series of actions and decisions before a presidential search must be strategic and essential to the institution’s success. Gold Hill Associates can assist the Board of Trustees tasked with a search to take the critical following steps from the outset.

Step 1.

Conduct an organizational needs assessment, define the type of leader to meet those needs, and continue using those results to frame the process.

This assessment will identify the institution’s current needs and future years to come.

Step 2.

Invite staff, faculty, students, donors, and community constituents to provide their opinions on crucial challenges/opportunities facing the institution.

Step 3.

Gold Hill Associates can assist with creating a leadership profile. This profile will define the next president’s strategic goals. This profile will also allow applicants to introduce their skill set and what they will bring to the presidential position.

In conclusion, these initial search process steps will help the board organize its priorities, which will allow your board to make the best choice among its presidential pool of applicants.

Assisting Boards of Trustees Develop Institutional Goals and Strategies

Gold Hill Associates can assist boards in developing powerful visions supported by responsive strategies necessary for community and technical colleges during these challenging times. The delivery of these visions will be developed by Gold Hill Associates, creating and facilitating board retreats that will discuss and compose institutional strategies needed to address today’s challenging environments across the higher education landscape.

Implementing Board of Trustee and Presidential Evaluation Retreats

Gold Hill Associates can facilitate Board retreats addressing self-assessment of the Board of Trustees. In addition, the retreats can also cover the following subjects: board governance, presidential evaluation, new trustee onboarding, and other critical topics relating to effective board functioning.

For More Information, Contact Gold Hill Associates.

About Gold Hill Associates, Retreat Facilitator

Barbara P. MinkDr. Barbara Mink

Dr. Barbara P. Mink is a founding member of the Austin Community College District and today serves the college as chair of the ACC District Board of Trustees. Barbara was the subject of a chapter in Indelible Austin by Michael Barnes titled: “Behind Austin Community College from Day 1.”

  • Mink was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 2000.
  • She was re-elected in 2006, 2012, and 2018.
  • She served on the Board as:
  • Vice-Chair, 2002-2004;
  • Chair, 2004-2006;
  • Secretary, 2008-2010;
  • Chair, 2010-2012;
  • Secretary, 2015-2017;
  • Chair, 2017-2019.
  • She served two terms on the Board of Directors of the ACC Foundation (2009-2011 and 2002-2004).

Barbara is also a Program Director and graduate professor in the School of Leadership Studies at the Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA, where she supervises doctoral students. Her teaching areas include organizational change, leadership, team development, adult learning, and motivation. Dr. Mink has served twice on the Board of Trustees of Fielding, where she was a member of the Board Executive Committee and Chair of the Board Committee on Diversity and Social Justice.

Dr. Mink has been a clinical professor in the Community College Leadership Program in the Department of Educational Administration, UT-Austin. She also developed the Innovation and Service Management graduate program for the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.

Dr. Mink has more than 45 years of international consulting experience in leadership development and the design and implementation of organizational change. She has worked with clients in manufacturing, health care, education, government, communications technology, banking, and finance. Barbara is the author or co-author of ten leadership and organizational effectiveness books.

Dr. Mink has also served on the Boards of the:

  • Human Resource Planning Society
  • ARC of the Capital Area
  • Texas Association of Community College Trustees and Administrators.

She is a lifetime Austin Area Urban League member and the Austin Rodeo Association member. As co-founder of the group Elected Women of Central Texas, she brought together elected women to address issues facing Central Texas. As a volunteer with Global Austin, Barbara hosts State Department visitors studying educational and human rights issues. In collaboration with the Navajo Nation, she convenes yearly conferences of educators to advance the educational sovereignty of the Navajo Nation.