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Chairing a Committee

Are you chairing a committee, design team, task force, or work group?  If so, these resources may help you, especially if you have never chaired a committee before.

*See Dennis Gibbons' outstanding Chairperson 101 PowerPoint on best practices for chairing a committee.

*College Senate Committee Chairperson's Guidelines --  Taken from the Senate bylaws.

*Senate Committee report form --  Use this form for your semi-annual or annual reports to the Senate.

Web Sites and PDFs



Try these books from the MVCC Libraries for guidelines on chairing a committee or running a meeting.


It is recommended that, if possible, minutes should be taken by someone who is not a member of the committee, so that members can devote their full attention to the business at hand.  However, in the case of award and promotion committees, this may not be feasible due to privacy issues.

Web sites:

  • How to Take Minutes
  • Microsoft Templates for Minutes
  • Tips for Excellent Minute Taking                                                                                                                                                                                                         


Chairing a Committee