Consider Consent Agendas

"Of the Blues: Carolina Shout," 1974 by Romare Bearden, collection of the Mint Museum, Charlotte

Getting all Board members up-to-date on what’s been going on with museum staff and various committees can often suck time away from discussions of future possibilities and plans.  One way to use limited meeting times more efficiently is for all members to review minutes from the previous meeting, as well as various committee reports, in advance.  If there are no points of disagreement in the accountings of past business, then these matters can be included on a “consent agenda.”  The Board can take one simple vote to approve the consent agenda at the meeting’s beginning and spend much more time dealing with current issues and strategic planning. 

Several years ago Board Source posted a useful description and recommendations concerning consent agendas.  But for many Boards, this helpful procedure has not yet caught on.  The North Carolina Museum Council is one local example of a working Board using the consent agenda successfully.  If your institutional Board is not using consent agendas, share the Board Source resource with leaders and help initiate a positive shift in meeting direction.

Do your Board meetings include consent agendas?  If so, do you have any advice to share with others in our NC cultural heritage community about their implementation?

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