Good governance in the arts is more important than ever

Posted on: May 9, 2014

“My next board meeting: I’m looking forward to it—unlike Michael Kaiser, who just told us how relieved he is to never see his board again in ‘My Last Board Meeting,’ ” writes League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen in Thursday’s (5/8) Huffington Post. “Governing and managing are two different functions. But they necessarily intersect…. And this is where a good board adds value beyond its fiduciary role. The board of the League of American Orchestras serves as thought partners to me and the senior staff…. They don’t know more or less than us; they know different. Each is passionate about our mission…. The power vested in the board chair … comes from the need to insure alignment of the CEO’s goals with institutional mission and strategy and to monitor progress on those goals…. We have seen too many failures of governance in the arts recently. More than ever this is a time to encourage trustees, with their CEOs as partners, to devote the time and discipline to learn good governance practice, not to give up on them.”

Posted May 9, 2014