Boards play a critical role in moving cities and organizations forward. The most
effective boards acquire members who understand their role and duties, are actively
engaged in the work of governance, and accept accountability for the position they
have been given.
A board culture of cohesiveness, teamwork, dedication to self-education, and a passion
for performance improvement and excellence will help motivate and sustain the organization
it serves. But often, the most willing and able individuals are not aware of all
that board membership and participation encompasses.
The Leadership Institute at Columbus State University offers a Board Member Certification
program for members and prospective members of all types of boards, including but
not limited to autonomous, quasi-judicial, administrative, policy making, advisory
and legislative boards.
The Certification is available to all interested individuals, regardless of current
board member status:
- Those not currently involved in board service, but who seek certification status
in order to improve eligibility and identify themselves as candidates for board
- Newly appointed and current board members who wish to be exposed to professional
development topics that increase their level of skills and awareness, and therefore
effectiveness as a board member
Certification training goes beyond typical board orientations which address organization-specific
history, mission, vision, strategy, staff, initiatives, and the like. Rather, it
focuses on professional development topics which universally benefit those appointed/invited
to serve on boards - regardless of the specific board to which an individual is
Certification is awarded through The Leadership Institute at Columbus State University
and its affiliation with the University System of Georgia. It is a portable certification,
held by the individual, and carries .4 Continuing Education Units (CEU).
For more information about the program or concerning how you or your board members
can participate in and attain CCLD Board Member Certification, contact
Shana Young at 706-568-5101 or by emailing young_shana@ColumbusState.edu.