The Challenges of Leadership: Working with Governing Bodies

  • Tuesday, October 27
  • 8:30am–9:45am, Concurrent Sessions
  • Cupertino

Presenter(s): 

James Tharp, Trustee, Telluride Historical Museum and Past President, Museum of Moab
Julie Stein, Executive Director, Burke Museum
James Pepper Henry, Executive Director, Gilcrease Museum

Moderator: 

Aldona Jonaitis, Director, University of Alaska Museum of the North

Track: 

  • Leadership/Careerpath

Once museum professionals become upper-level administrators, they might imagine they finally have autonomy as well as authority. In truth, a director always must report to some other governing body, which can limit independent action however brilliantly conceived. The challenge is to make the relationship with a governing body positive and collegial, especially in terms of areas of responsibility. In this session, speakers share their experiences working with boards of trustees, college administrators, and governmental agencies.