Richard D. Legon

Former President at Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

Richard D. Legon

Richard D. Legon

Former President at Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

Biography

Trustee: Richard D. Legon
Immediate Past President
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
B.A. and M.P.A., George Washington University
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2011
City of Residence: Fairfax, VA

As the former president of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), Richard Legon continues to be called on to work with college, university and foundation boards to address board responsibilities, board structure and development and fundraising effectiveness. He was instrumental in developing AGB’s portfolio of services for public college and university foundations. He coordinated the development of AGB’s handbook for foundation boards, and is the editor of the Association’s handbook for foundation boards.

Legon works with governing as well as public system boards. He often moderates panel discussions at trustee meetings and has appeared as a panelist in programs related to boards’ responsibilities. Legon authored several articles about a board’s role in fundraising for Trusteeship magazine and Case Currents. In addition, he authored two booklets in AGB’s Board Basics Series: Governing Board and Foundation Board Relations and The Board’s Role in Fundraising.

Legon was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Charleston. A former trustee of Virginia State University and the University of Charleston (West Virginia), he previously served on the board of the American Council on Education, American Rivers and the Association Mutual Health Insurance Company.

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Career Highlights

Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

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Number of Boards

6

Number of Awards

1

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President at Spelman College

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Social Justice Fellows Program Director, UNCF & Mellon Programs Director & Associate Professor, Sociology & Anthropology at Spelman College

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Co-Founder at BeecherJackson, Inc.

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Director at Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

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Dean, Undergraduate Studies at Spelman College

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Vice Provost for Global Education & Professor of International Studies at Spelman College

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Vice Provost for Faculty Support at Spelman College

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Controller at Spelman College

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Director, Counseling Center at Spelman College

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Director, Student Access Center at Spelman College

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Former President at Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Education
Graduate Degree

The George Washington University actively engages Washington, D.C., and the world. Their location in the heart of Washington places them at the core of U.S. government, policy and law. They sit where the worlds of science, technology, media and the arts converge. Their students and faculty have the unparalleled opportunity to study and work alongside leaders and practitioners in every discipline, to take part in the interchanges that shape our community and the world. The George Washington University was created in 1821 through an Act of Congress, fulfilling George Washington’s vision of an institution in the nation’s capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. They have more than 20,000 students—from all 50 states, the District and more than 130 countries—studying a rich range of disciplines: from forensic science and creative writing to international affairs and computer engineering, as well as medicine, public health, the law and public policy. GW comprises three campuses—Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon in Washington, D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Va.—as well as several graduate education centers in the metropolitan area and Hampton Roads, Va.

Career History
President
2006 - 2019

The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) is the only national association that serves the interests and needs of academic governing boards, boards of institutionally related foundations, and campus CEOs and other senior-level campus administrators on issues related to higher education governance and leadership. Its mission is to strengthen, protect, and advocate on behalf of citizen trusteeship that supports and advances higher education.

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Trustee
Prior

Virginia State University, founded in 1882, is one of Virginia's two land-grant institutions, and is located 20 minutes south of Richmond in the village of Ettrick.Virginia State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees.

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2018

EDUCATE EACH STUDENT FOR A LIFE OF PRODUCTIVE WORK, ENLIGHTENED LIVING AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT.

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2017

Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, it became Spelman College in 1924 and have since held the distinction of being America's oldest historically Black college for women. Now a global leader in the education of women of African descent, Spelman College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and they are proud members of the Atlanta University Center Consortium. Today their student body comprises more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 15 foreign countries. Spelman empowers women to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change through service. They are dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical and leadership development of their students. Spelman is proud of its 80-plus percent graduation rate, one of the best in the nation. Their global alumnae network is strong, providing connections and helping hands to graduates as they begin on their path of global engagement.

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2015

Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, it became Spelman College in 1924 and have since held the distinction of being America's oldest historically Black college for women. Now a global leader in the education of women of African descent, Spelman College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and they are proud members of the Atlanta University Center Consortium. Today their student body comprises more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 15 foreign countries. Spelman empowers women to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change through service. They are dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical and leadership development of their students. Spelman is proud of its 80-plus percent graduation rate, one of the best in the nation. Their global alumnae network is strong, providing connections and helping hands to graduates as they begin on their path of global engagement.

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Former Executive Publisher, Science at American Association for the Advancement of Science

Awards & Honors
University of Charleston
Events
Speaker
Hollywood, FL, United States
2009 Commonfund Forum

Commonfund Forum is recognized year-in and year-out as the premier investment conference designed exclusively for sophisticated institutional investors representing endowments and foundations, pension funds, healthcare systems, charities and other select investors. Attendance at Commonfund Forum is by invitation only and limited to 550 senior investment staff and governing boards of eligible institutional investors. There is no registration fee for Commonfund Forum; however participants are responsible for their hotel stay and travel. Commonfund Forum is generally held the second week of March each year in Florida at either the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida or the JW Marriott in Orlando. The program is a three-day intensive series of plenary sessions and breakout meetings focused exclusively on key issues of investment policy, strategy, risk management and governance. Each year we attract more than 60 outside speakers to the program representing the leaders from the investment community, academia, government, public policy groups, endowment and foundations, plan sponsors and more. Click on the links below for more information on past programs:

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