If you would like to see what I believe to be a nonprofit board performing in what I believe to be the most effective of traditions, take a look at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Admittedly, the Museum is one of the "big" nonprofit institutions with over $175 million in annual revenue and just under $900 million in assets. What is noteworthy, again in my opinion, is an institution that is taking governance, term limits (2, 3 year), Chair succession, strategic planning, and impact and experience by the Chair seriously enough to broadcast their governance activities to the world. Here's the Philadelphia Inquirer story.
New chair of the board for Philadelphia Museum of Art
Updated: OCTOBER 20, 2016 — 6:25 PM EDT
by Stephan Salisbury, CULTURE WRITER
Leslie Anne Miller, 58, lawyer, collector, and trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has been unanimously selected chair of the museum's board of trustees, succeeding Constance H. Williams, who has stepped down after two three-year terms, the museum announced following its October board meeting Thursday.
Miller has been involved on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, and museum officials said its own board selected her as chairwoman unanimously and with enthusiasm.
Williams, 72, who has guided the museum through adoption and implementation of a new strategic plan, renovation of the Rodin Museum, completion of the museum's large art-handling facility, inauguration of digital projects, and reinstallation of the South Asia galleries, will relinquish her post as a long-awaited $196 million interior reconstruction of the museum's neoclassical home is finally ramping up.
She will assume the title of chair emerita and remain active on the board of trustees. Previous board chairs Raymond G. Perelman and H. F. "Gerry" Lenfest have also been honored with the emeritus title.
"I've been chair for six years; that's enough," Williams said. "I'm very proud of what we've accomplished. We have a new strategic plan, which has gone beyond what we had hoped. We've increased audiences, increased visitation, we're seeing where growth can happen."
"I'm excited about Leslie," Williams continued. "She has great experience."
Miller, an attorney, led a staff of more than 450 as Pennsylvania's general counsel during the Rendell gubernatorial administration. She was the first woman elected president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and she led the Kimmel Center of the Arts when it was first establishing itself.
Miller said taking the helm of the museum's board allowed her "to participate in shaping Philadelphia's future."
She characterized the museum as a "center for creativity today, an educational resource for children and our schools, a powerful economic driver," and an emblem of municipal pride.
Miller's husband, investment advisor Richard B. Worley, is chairman of the board of the Philadelphia Orchestra. With Miller's appointment, the city's two most visible cultural institutions will be steered by husband and wife.
It may make for interesting pillow talk.
"It was a question we thought about," Miller said following her selection. "In fact, as we were driving in, I said to Richard, 'You talked me into this.' And he reminded me that I talked him into the orchestra. I guess turnabout is fair play."