Anne Neal, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), recently commented in the Wall Street Journal “when the president and board are no longer working together, then it’s right for the board to seek another leader.” ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America’s colleges and universities.
ACTA has taken a leading role in advocating for more active and engaged trustees not only in Texas but around the country. Ms. Neal emphasized that it’s crucial to remember that “the president answers to the board; not the board to the president.”
According to Neal, “boards and presidents must work together —when they don’t, the students and taxpayers are ill-served. In Texas, it was clear a leadership shakeup was necessary to facilitate that environment.”
Neal is also on the Board of Directors of the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI).