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Maximizing the Impact of Your Advisory Board Don Hayes, PhD, PE, DEEChairand Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering and ConstructionUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas
ADVISORY BOARD PURPOSE • CEEC Advisory Board Purpose • Promote viable links between the CEEC Department and the Engineering & Construction community. • Provide external review of the academic, outreach, and research functions of the department. • Provide advice and assistance and promote the growth and development of the department.
ADVISORY BOARD VARIATIONS • Membership • Geographic Distribution • Size • Makeup • Attraction to Members • Membership Involvement • Meeting Frequency/Content
NEEDS VARY • Financial Support • Scholarships, Equipment Funds, Capital Growth, Professorships, Endowments, General Support, etc. • Strategic Planning • Community Input/Buy-In • Internal Support – Dean, Provost, President • Political Support – interactions with politicians • Recruiting • Internships
AB-DH RELATIONSHIP • Confidant • Share intimate details of internal issues, faculty challenges, etc. • Solicit input on day-to-day operation • Advocate • Share needs, challenges, plans, aspirations • Solicit assistance with University, community, and political relationships • Oversight • Share plans, goals, and metrics of success • Solicit input for strategic planning, implementation strategies, etc
UNLV EXPERIENCE • Inherited 2 separate Advisory Boards • CEE – Small group, intimately involved in helping the department with internal strife and needs in all areas • CEM – Large group, exhausted from a long fight to save the program. • Strategy – Seat of the Pants! • Merged both boards into one • New Bylaws and Constitution • Open membership • Varied stature; very engaged • Most have other allegiances; comparisons common
AB ORGANIZATION Executive Committee Shawn Danowski, Chair Guy Voss, Vice Chair Lisa Freestone, Secretary Don Hayes, CEEC Chair Shawn Licata Admin Assistant Curriculum Committee Kevin Love, Chair Fundraising Committee Mark Fakler, Chair Experience Committee Jared Wagstaff, Chair Communication Committee Brandon Moore, Chair Vision: Promote viable links and ongoing communication between CEEC Department and the Community Vision: Promote and manage support of the CEEC Department from the Community Vision: Provide experiences connecting the CEEC Department and the Community Vision: Provide external review and support of academic and research function of the CEEC Dept. • Subcommittees: • - School Champions, D. - - Alexander • - Internships, S. Parrish • - Mentoring, D. Rizzo
MEETINGS • Executive Committee meets once/quarter • Discuss strategies, directions, needs • Develop and evaluate success metrics for AB • Entire AB meets once/quarter • Most recent meetings have been at local magnet schools • 7:30 – 9:00 am Fridays • Committees meet as needed • AB Meetings consist of “report outs” from committees
Summary of UNLV Experience • Made great strides in AB maturity and utilization, but… • How do I use them more effectively? • How do I leverage current goodwill to more financial support? • How do I maintain enthusiasm with continued success? • How large it too large?