Ineffective internal leadership development at nonprofits, along with a tendency to favor graduate degrees, is limiting board diversity despite widespread acknowledgment that it is needed. This piece recommends "holding current executives accountable for the bench they nurture throughout their tenure and the organizational structures and cultures they develop to engage everyone in leadership."
Nonprofits can select board members that are a good fit by looking at job backgrounds and ability to understand the organization's business model. It's also important to look for "courage of conviction," or the likelihood of consistently voting in the best interest of the nonprofit and its mission.
College and university boards can improve by providing effective orientations and by tapping individuals with varying skills, experiences and backgrounds, write BoardSource board member and Trower & Trower President Cathy Trower, and Peter Eckel, director of leadership at the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy. "Savvy boards and presidents are moving beyond individual demographics and expertise (and individual wealth) to get to actual individual governance competencies: in other words, the ability to do the job," they write.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is preparing to launch an open-access publishing project dubbed Gates Open Research. The project aims to speed publication of research funded by the foundation, which will not have editorial oversight.
The board that oversees the Milton Hershey School and the Hershey Trust has added three new members, bringing the total to nine -- closer to the 13 recommended by the Pennsylvania attorney general's office.
North Dakota businessman Mike Marcil has donated $2.3 million to The Village Family Service Center in Fargo, N.D., through his Empowerment Project Foundation. Marcil hopes the donation, which includes 92 acres of development land in Arizona, will "encourage others in a similar position to consider real estate gifting strategies."
The US Army is sending reinforcements from the 82nd Airborne Division to Iraq in an effort to oust Islamic State fighters from the city of Mosul. Officials did not specify how many troops would be deploying.
US-backed forces in Syria have taken control of an air base that had been held by the Islamic State. The victory could be significant in the fight to drive the militants from the city of Raqqa.
An al-Qaida leader linked to several attacks, including the 2008 bombing of a hotel in Pakistan, has been killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan. "The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice," said Defense Secretary James Mattis.
President Donald Trump's border and immigration enforcement plans may threaten the country's overall security, according to former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, ex-Coast Guard Academy Commandant James Loy, former Transportation Security Administration official John Pistole and former Homeland Security official Christian Marrone. Focusing on those two fronts while making cuts in other key areas "is akin to double-locking your front door, but leaving your side door open -- and your windows, and your garage door, and turning off your alarm," they write.