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President Miguel Martinez-Saenz
December 16, 2021

St. Francis College Joins AGB Council for Student Success

St. Francis College (SFC) today announced that President Miguel Martinez-Saenz has been appointed to the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) Council for Student Success. The council, established in 2021, leverages the experience, perspectives, and insights of its members with active leadership roles for the development of AGB expertise designed to strengthen strategic board governance across higher education.

President Martinez-Saenz accepted the opportunity to serve on the Council for Student Success because of his commitment to the principles of justice, diversity equity and inclusion; his thought leadership on higher education’s role in advancing social mobility; his commitment to serving underrepresented populations, and his dedication to student achievement.

The AGB Council for Student Success regularly convenes to discuss the strategic priorities across higher education and includes representatives from a range of institutional types, including public and private, large and small, single-institution and multi-campus system, two- and four-year, religious and secular, and domestic and international. This diversity affords the group a broad pool of experiences that help inform AGB about the obstacles and macro-level trends that governing boards face. In turn, AGB leverages its advisory groups to create tools and resources that benefit over 2,000 institutions and 40,000 members.

“I welcome the opportunity to serve on this Council to collectively tackle the challenges faced by higher education. The prohibitive cost of a college education, high school students opting out of college, a shrinking applicant pool, and lack of diversity are issues that each of us face in varying degrees and are obstacles to student success,” states President Martinez-Saenz. “I am pleased to part of this distinguished group to discuss and strategize innovative solutions to address the issues facing our sector.”

The Council for Student Success is one of seven councils that enhance AGB’s thought leadership. The other six councils similarly represent key leadership roles and priority areas: Board Chairs, Board Professionals, Finance Committee Chairs, Foundation Leaders, Presidents, and Senior Fellows.

“Our council members generously agree to lend their time and talent to advancing strategic governance across higher education,” said Henry Stoever, AGB president and CEO. “Alongside the AGB Board of Directors, AGB consultants, and other board governance experts, the AGB Council for Student Success ensures that boards across the country are receiving leading and practical guidance on salient topics throughout the year. These council members help to ensure that we are aware of not only what’s going on at that moment but also what they need to know from AGB to lead with confidence and knowledge in the boardroom. It’s a crucial partnership, and I appreciate their hard work.”

About AGB
The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) is the premier membership organization that strengthens higher education governing boards and the strategic roles they serve within their organizations. Through our vast library of resources, educational events, and consulting services, and with 100 years of experience, we empower 40,000 AGB members from more than 2,000 institutions and foundations to navigate complex issues, implement leading practices, streamline operations, and govern with confidence. AGB is the trusted resource for board members, chief executives, and key administrators on higher education governance and leadership. 

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