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 Workshop to Detail Board of Director Responsibilities 

 

SPOTLIGHT

12/3/2003

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

Training Aimed at Preparing Directors for Responsibilities --

SRU TO OFFER WORKSHOPS DETAILING BOARD OF DIRECTOR DEVELOPMENT

          SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The rules are changing for those serving on corporate and non-profit boards of directors and to address those changes Slippery Rock University’s Office of Continuing Education has developed two, daylong workshops designed to provide the critical skills necessary for board members, chief executive officers and chief financial offices to better understand their responsibilities and liabilities.

          The workshops will be offered Jan 9 and Jan. 16 at SRU’s North Hills Center, and Feb. 6 and Feb. 13 at SRU’s Center for Community and Lifelong Learning in downtown Slippery Rock. All sessions open at 9 a.m.

          The sessions will be taught by Philip J. Kennedy, a certified public accounting and retired associate professor of accounting at SRU who has served on boards in both profit and not-for-profit organizations; Lew McEwen, a western Pennsylvania attorney for more than 25 years and a member of non-profit boards, including 12 years at the Grove City YMCA; and William Lutz, chief executive officer of the Franklin/Grove City YMCA and a financial development trainer for the YMCA’s national organization.

          Key components of the training will include board member recruitment, pre-board acceptance issues, board orientation, principles of good governance, trends in board memberships, conflicts of interests, legal responsibilities, board development, strategic planning, financial oversight and fundraising, along with a host of other related topics.

          “We created these special workshops in light of the recent problems, including fraudulent financial difficulties involving company directors,” says Richard Comings, director of SRU’s Office of Continuing Education, adding, “The training will help those already serving or those who may be asked to serve as directors to better understand their role and their responsibilities.”

          Program fees are $425 for both days (or $295 for the one-day general session; $195 for the one-day financial oversight and fundraising session.) Lunch is provided.

          For registration materials or other details, call SRU’s Office of Continuing Education at 724-738-2633.

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