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Archive for March, 2015

Turning the Governance Corner at BJCTA

March 20, 2015 0 Comments

In a special work session on March 17, the Board of Directors of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority in Alabama took a giant step forward on the governance front.  Six of the seven Board members present (there was one abstention) voted to adopt the Board’s first detailed “Governing Mission,” a high-level description of the Board’s major governing responsibilities (for example, “periodically updating BJCTA’s core values, vision for the future, and mission”). Even more important, they voted to establish a contemporary structure of three standing committees to assist the Board in carrying out its highly complex governing work:  Governance & External … Read the rest

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Non-Monetary Compensation Part II: A Costly Missed Opportunity

March 10, 2015 1 Comment

Walking into the authority’s boardroom to meet with the board chair, I was surprised to find her fuming.  Before I could even say “good morning,” she slammed the metro section of the daily paper down on the table, saying “Take a look at this.”  In a nutshell, a reporter on the metro beat had spent a couple of hours talking with the authority’s CEO about the agreement that the authority and local community college had entered into for the provision of bus service to students.  The piece was really laudatory, praising the authority’s CEO for leading the charge to expand … Read the rest

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