University of North Florida
Board Evaluation Policy
by the UNF Board of Trustees 1/17/2019)
Recognizing the benefits associated with an
accountable, comprehensive and self-reflective assessment of how the Board
exercises its responsibilities, the Board establishes this policy on board evaluation. By taking this action, the Board acknowledges
the importance of fulfilling its responsibilities for effective governance and
commits to defining and regularly evaluating its roles, responsibilities,
actions, and progress towards achieving its goals.
The Board of Trustees believes five principles should guide
and inform the Board evaluation process:
evaluation process should focus on strengthening and ensuring accountability to
achieve effective board performance.
evaluation process should reinforce a clear and common understanding of Board roles
evaluation process should enable Board members to identify and reach consensus
on board goals.
evaluation process should be viewed as an opportunity to clarify mutual
expectations of Board members and the President.
evaluation process sets the occasion to strengthen relationships among Board
members and with the President.
Process and Timeline
Every three years the Board of Trustees will conduct a
comprehensive Board evaluation, including an assessment of progress in meeting
goals based on the three-year action plan then in effect and development of a
new Board action plan.
Governance Committee will initiate the Board evaluation process in consultation
with the President and Board Chair.
outside consultant will guide the process, analyze the results, and facilitate
retreats to share and discuss findings.
Board and facilitator will develop a Board action plan based on the evaluation
assessment results and retreat discussions.
This plan will guide the work of the Board and committees for the next
evaluation process will commence in the fall and will be fully concluded by spring.
The Board of Trustees will annually assess its
progress in meeting goals and expectations as articulated in the Board action
plan developed during the last evaluation.
Governance Committee will be responsible for initiating the Board action plan
assessment process will commence in the fall and will be fully concluded by
necessary, the Board will modify its action plan based on discussion of its
assessment of progress in meeting goals and expectations of the earlier
Effective governing boards are comprised of trustees
who are committed to excellence in performing their duties. While individual trustee behavior contributes
to effective board functioning, a board evaluation looks at how individuals collectively
work together to govern the University.
The results of the board evaluation process will provide the Board with
an opportunity to engage in constructive discussion on how to close the “gaps”
between expectations and performance, set the stage for strategic improvements,
and establish goals and priorities for the next three years.