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Higher education association honors Case trustee

Photo: Charles P. BoltonThe Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) has presented its Distinguished Service Award in Trusteeship to the chair of Case Western Reserve University's Board of Trustees.

The award recognizes Charles P. Bolton for extraordinary contributions to the university.

Bolton received the award during opening ceremonies of AGB's National Conference on Trusteeship in New Orleans. Jack B. Jewett, former president of the Arizona Board of Regents, also was honored.

The Distinguished Service Award, established in 1980, is given annually to a board member from a public and an independent institution. The award was created to recognize the 50,000 citizens who volunteer their time and philanthropy to serve on the boards of the nation's colleges and universities.

The awards are sponsored by TIAA-CREF, the world's largest retirement system.

Bolton was elected board chair of Case's Board of Trustees in May 2001. Immediately upon his election, he undertook an aggressive program to strengthen and streamline the board's operations. He moved quickly to address several challenges facing the university, including the naming of a new president and jump-starting stalled negotiations with the main teaching hospital affiliated with the university's medical school.

Bolton's first action was to appoint an ad hoc committee on board governance. The yearlong process resulted in substantial changes to the board's bylaws and structures, including term limits and new age limits for trustees. Recognizing that many longtime board members would be retiring—including himself—Bolton has been intensively involved in recruiting new trustees.

Bolton was instrumental in breaking the logjam that had arisen in negotiations to renew the affiliation agreement between the Case School of Medicine and its principal teaching affiliate, University Hospitals of Cleveland. Under his guidance, the two institutions established a 50-year partnership that substantially expands the areas in which they cooperate.

"To have issues of this magnitude face a university at one time was the 'perfect storm' and Charlie was the 'perfect captain' to guide Case through the issues and set it on a course of accelerated greatness," said Frank Linsalata, chair-elect of the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees.

Institution chief executives, board members, staff and members of the campus community may nominate individuals for the Distinguished Service Award. An independent panel of judges selects the winners. The judges look for individuals who not only discharge their basic responsibilities with distinction but go beyond the minimal expectations trustees typically hold for one another.

In addition to the individual honors, the nominating institutions each receive an unrestricted grant of $25,000.

The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges is a nonprofit higher education association whose primary membership consists of governing, coordinating and other boards of public and private colleges and universities. AGB serves as an educational resource for trustees, regents, presidents and chancellors and provides a wide variety of programs and services, including, workshops, seminars and a research facility, as well as regular and special publications.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AGB serves some 35,000 individuals on 1,200 boards.

 

About Case Western Reserve University

Case is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work. http://www.case.edu.