Board & Administrator

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Board & Administrator is your monthly how-to guide on building a strong working relationship with your board—one that’s built to last through good times and bad. Now in its 25th year, Board & Administrator is filled with strategies to get everyone working together to survive the rest of this economic downturn.

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    Jeff Stratton

    Jeff Stratton has edited Board & Administrator since 1992. As the Board Doctor, he has advised thousands of executive directors and board members on issues like prevention of
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