Rebekah Burch Basinger describes the key to an effective president-board chair relationship: Believe that your school is no stronger than its board. Similarly, the board is no stronger than the relationship between the president and the board chair. To have a strong relationship, the president and board chair need to develop trust, understand their communication styles, and commit to talk regularly. They need to have a shared set of goals. And they should never disagree in public or in front of the board.