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Board Governance is a two-course sequence that introduces students to board membership and governance through an apprenticeship and engaging academic inquiry. Each student is matched with a nonprofit organization where the student serves as an apprentice board member, with a regular board member serving as a mentor.

The course starts in Winter Quarter and continues through Spring Quarter.  Approximately 30 students engage on the boards of local nonprofit organizations, and talk about the principles of good governance as they apply at the organizations with which students are engaged.

Board Governance is a service-learning course developed in the Milgard School of Business to teach students through classroom interaction, mentoring, and internships on the boards of local organizations.

Community Committee

Many thanks to our committee of community volunteers who help to recruit and screen agencies, and offer advice for the continual development and improvement of the course curriculum.  This community effort serves to make this course one-of-a-kind in undergraduate education and an engaging experience for our students. 

Rick Carr, Committee Chair Community Volunteer
Holly Bamford Bamford Foundation
Sandy Beachler Community Volunteer
Linda Ishem UW Tacoma, Urban Studies
Bev Losey Brown & Brown Insurance
Gary Nomensen Puget Sound Energy
David Parent Key Bank
Don Rennegarbe Engquist Rennegarbe Associates
Ken Ristine Ben B. Cheney Foundation
Greg Tanbara Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Erica Tucci Tacoma Public Utilities
Jim Walton Community Volunteer
Scott Winship Vandeberg, Johnson and Gandara
Read about this course in the February 2012 edition of the Journal of Management Education. 

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