You wouldn't sign up for a trip before knowing where you're going, right? You could end up in a frigid climate without heating or a rainforest without air conditioning! Similarly, future trustees need to know what the deal is before committing to such an important role.
Before the election filing deadline, candidates should get the lay of the land in the form of attending public informational meetings. Learning about board service, duties, and expectations are key.
After the election filing deadline, candidates should attend a board meeting, receive information packets, and meet with the college president to learn about the college.