B-101: Board Roles & Relations (3-part series; valid for 4 credits)

This three-part webcast examines your role as a board member, and how each role fits into the board as a whole. Learn more about the roles of watchdog, supporter, planner, communicator and manager, as well as the relationships among board members, appointed and elected officials, and the board with the community. We'll also identify the fundamentals of leadership and the ethical standards specific to public servants.

G. Lawrence “Larry” Merrill

Former Executive Director, Michigan Townships Association

Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, Larry spent many years executing the policies prescribed by the MTA Board of Directors and the membership. He was responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Association, where he has served since 1980. Prior to working for the Association, Larry was a county administrator and director of a county emergency medical services department.  Larry holds a master's degree in public administration, is the author of numerous books and articles on local government finances, administration and services and is a a popular presenter on topics related to townships and board governance. 

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