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The Governance Section is busy planning four sponsored sessions--a colloquy, the Governance Section in-conference session, our 2nd post-conference symposium--and, of course, the section dinner.  Below you will find details of these events and a notice to “Save the Date” for the 2017 Biennial Conference on Nonprofit Governance.


**Please keep the post-conference session in mind as you make you conference travel arrangements, it is scheduled for Saturday, November 19 from 12:30-4:30.


Colloquy: This colloquium will focus on governance trends and challenges in the US health care policy field. Health care offers many opportunities for nonprofit governance scholars to expand their thinking about new research questions and approaches because the health care field includes institutions from all three sectors of our economy, increasingly includes complex partnerships and institutional arrangements to deliver systems of health care, and is profoundly influenced by government policies and regulations. This session features a panel of recognized leaders in both nonprofit and health care governance followed by a facilitated, interactive session with participants. The panelists are David Renz (University of Missouri-Kansas City), Cathleen Erwin (Auburn University), Carol Molinari (University of Baltimore), and Sam Friede (University of Pittsburgh).


Governance In-conference Session: The governance section is proud to announce its in-conference colloquium with the topic: "A pluralistic perspective on nonprofit governance: How should context be taken into account?" We have invited an international and interdisciplinary selection of speakers that will give their views on how good governance practices emerges from the intersection between overall governance principles and local, contextual needs. Attendants are invited to participate in the discussion and share their ideas, and we aim that each can take several learning points home for research and practice.


Post-conference Symposium: Please join use Saturday afternoon of the ARNOVA conference for an informative and insightful conversation.  The special governance section “post conference” workshop runs 12:30-4:30, Saturday, November 19, 2016. Prior registration is requested and can be completed during your normal registration for the conference.  The session is entitled Hot topics in governance: Voices from the field and implications for research. We will explore significant issues to the nonprofit sector and consider how those issues inform and influence nonprofit governance research. Co-hosted with BoardSource, the session will engage an expert panel and discuss relevant case studies.  The proposed format includes: A debate between a BoardSource practitioner and an expert scholar on one of the hottest topics of all—the trouble at the Wounded Warriors Project; an exciting follow-up to one of the cases we analyzed last year (stay tuned for more details in our next newsletter); the use of case vignettes to illustrate issues in roundtable discussions; and concludes by considering how these issues influence our research and scholarly work. There is no better way to close out an ARNOVA conference.


Governance Section dinner: The Governance Section Dinner will be held Thursday, November 17 after our business meeting at the Monocle (  Because of the cost of dinner in DC, we will be asking our members to sign up in advance and pay a small fee. The majority of the costs will once again be covered by our sponsors: Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UKMC, BoardSource, and Texas A & M Nonprofit Program. Thank you sponsors!



The 2017 Biennial Conference on Nonprofit Governance:



April 27-28, 2017

Kansas City, MO


There is strong interest among researchers and practitioners alike to come together to engage in substantive and thoughtful dialogue about the ways that boards and governance of nonprofit and other civil society and public service organizations are evolving, adapting, growing, and performing. Please join the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2017 for its semi-annual conference on nonprofit boards and governance in April, 2017 in Kansas City. This conference creates a truly collegial space for engaged dialogue among academics and practitioners, and we invite researchers, scholars, consultants, executives, and other civil society leaders from across the globe to join us for this set of critical conversations.


More information, including a call for papers, will be made available in the fall of 2016.


In other news: We hope you have seen our updated website where we posted a list of conferences and their call for papers that we think would be of interest to section members. This list includes other association meetings such as ISTR, AOM, and AAPAM. We are working on improved communication with section members, this includes better utilization of ARNOVA website.


Please note that opportunities for section members exist to participate in planning and leadership, please contact us if you are interested. Additionally, ideas and suggestions are always appreciated!


William Brown, Chair, Texas A&M University

Melissa Stone, Chair-Elect, University of Minnesota

Ruth Bernstein, Secretary, University of Washington Tacoma

Jurgen Willems, Treasurer, Universität Hamburg

Fredrik Andersson, Member-at-Large, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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