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The Governance Section of ARNOVA was very active during the recent annual ARNOVA Conference in Washington, DC. The section held two well-attended symposia, several paper panels and poster sessions, a ½ day workshop, and its annual business meeting and dinner.

The two symposia were designed to stretch thinking about nonprofit governance and stimulate ideas for new research. The first, “Governance Across the Sectors in a Turbulent Environment: What Can We Learn from the Health Care Field” drew governance scholars and practitioners from health care, certainly a highly turbulent field with complex governance arrangements within and among for-profit, nonprofit, and public health care entities. The symposium included scholars and practitioners new to ARNOVA (Carol Molinari and Sam Friede) but central to the world of health care. We thank Cathleen Erwin for her leadership in developing this symposium, and Dave Renz for his participation. The second symposium, presented to a standing room-only crowd, was “A Pluralistic Perspective on Nonprofit Governance: How Should Context be Taken into Account?” This symposium featured an international group of scholars who discussed their research on the critical role of “context” in governance studies in settings that included Viet Nam, the UK, France’s Reunion Island, and Sweden. The speakers included Chris Cornforth, Ola Segnestam Larsson, Louise Coventry, and Patrick Valeau. Thanks go to Jurgen Willems and Fredrik Andersson for their leadership in recruiting this wonderful panel.

In our commitment to having the section provide opportunities to bridge research and practice, we presented, for the second year in a row, a ½ day workshop on Saturday afternoon, “Hot Topics in Governance: Voices from the Field and Implications for Research.” This workshop was well attended with close to 50 members taking part in multiple discussion forums. The first included a lively debate on the Wounded Warrior Project governance controversies; the second featured a live Skype conversation with the two leaders (and alumnae) of the totally re-designed Sweet Briar College governance structure; and, the third used several short case studies to provoke discussion of governance challenges and conundrums. Thanks go to Ruth Bernstein, Jeff Aulgur, Dave Renz, Bernadetta Walker and Chris Thompson from BoardSource, Ruth McCambridge of Nonprofit Quarterly, Judy Freiwirth, Will Brown, and Fredrik Andersson who helped plan and then participated as leaders for the workshop.

We would like to once again thank the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UKMC, BoardSource, and the Texas A & M Nonprofit Program for their sponsorship of our section dinner at the Monocle.

The business meeting held on Thursday of the conference elected new officers and gave members an overview of section activities throughout the year. This year’s section leadership team is as follows:
• Melissa M. Stone, Chair (University of Minnesota)
• Judith Miller-Millesen, Chair-elect (Ohio University)
• Paloma Raggo, Secretary (Carleton University)
• Ruth Bernstein, Treasurer (University of Washington, Tacoma)
• Fredrik Andersson, Member-at-large (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
Members also discussed ideas for future section activities. These ideas included: an event between ARNOVA conferences in “virtual space” that might include discussion of research in its early stages; continuation of our post-conference workshop event; including a session on governance and ethics; and, improvements to the section’s web site within ARNOVA’s site. Continuing to create a sense of community among Governance Section members was also a high priority.

Please note, the Governance Section is proud to be a co-sponsor of the 2017 Governance Conference for Practitioners and Researchers, convened by Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, University of Missouri - Kansas City and The Nonprofit Quarterly, April 27-28th in Kansas City, MO. Paper proposals are due January 23, 2017, and should be sent to lauferc@umkc.edu or mailed to the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, The Bloch School of Management, 5110 Cherry, Suite 310, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO 64110-2499.



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