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Board of Regents of the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador

Department

Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

Authority

Paragraph 22(2)(c) of the Memorial University Act

Remuneration

No Remuneration

Composition:

The Board shall consist of 30 members, comprised of: the chancellor of the university; the president of the university; and the vice-president of the university who is the pro vice-chancellor; 6 members elected by the alumni association of the university; 17 members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council; 3 of whom shall be the same persons appointed under section 10(2.1) of the College Act; and 4 full-time students of the University one each from the MUN Students' Union, the Graduate Students' Union, the Marine Institute Students' Union, and the Grenfell Campus Student Union.

Purpose:

Memorial University (MUN) teaches and conducts research in the arts, humanities, science, engineering, health and other areas and enrolls over 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students in six faculties and nine schools. MUN consists of three campuses: St. John’s Campus and the Marine Institute in St. John’s, and Grenfell Campus, Corner Brook. The Board of Regents is vested with power under the Memorial University Act to exercise the powers conferred upon MUN as a corporation, including the management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of the university. The responsibilities  and  mandate  of  the  Board  are  outlined  in  the  Memorial University  Act (Sections  33 and 34). Broadly  speaking,  the  Board  is  concerned  with  the  governance  of  the  university (i.e., it  establishes  policy  and  provides  a  structure  and  means  for  policy implementation).  The day-to-day administration and management of the university is the responsibility of the President.  In addition, the President provides guidance to the Board with respect to policy development and all other matters which fall under the jurisdiction of the Board. 

For additional information on the role of the Board please visit http://www.mun.ca/regents

Structure:

The Memorial University Act (Section 22) states that the Board of Regents shall consist of 30 members:

  • 17 general members appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council (LGIC), including the Board chairperson and three joint MUN and College of the North Atlantic (CNA) representatives;
  • 4 student members also appointed by the LGIC;
  • 6 members elected by the Alumni Association; and
  • 3 members who sit on the Board by virtue of their office (the Chancellor, President, and the Provost/Vice-president (Academic) of MUN).

In accordance with the Memorial University Act, Section 22(2)(d)(ii), the Board of Regents recommends the four student representatives to the LGIC for appointment following the recommendation to the Board of one candidate each from the following student unions:

  • The Memorial University of Newfoundland Students' Union;
  • The Graduate Students' Union;
  • The Marine Institute Students' Union; and,
  • The Grenfell Campus Students’ Union.

The Board is properly constituted with a minimum of eight members (Memorial University Act, Section 25) and seven members of the Board constitute a quorum for the transaction of business (Memorial University Act, Section 24).

Individual Regents assist through service on one or more of the following nine standing committees:

  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Campus Planning and Development Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Human Relations Committee
  • Investment Sub-Committee (subcommittee of the Finance Committee)
  • University Benefits Committee
  • University Pensions Committee.

Competency Profile:

Those who make up the Board of Regents should collectively possess the following core competencies:

  • Finance/investment
  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Governance
  • Accounting/Auditing
  • Risk Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Senior Leadership
  • Facilities Management

Qualifications:

Members of the Board of Regents should possess the following personal attributes:

  • High ethical standards and integrity;
  • Appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
  • Flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • Capable of a wide perspective on issues;
  • Ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • No direct or indirect conflict of interest; and,
  • Strong reasoning skills.

Time Commitments:

Members of the Board of Regents should be available to meet six times per year at a location to be determined by the chair of the Board. The Joint MUN/CNA LGIC appointees should also be available to meet six times per year for meetings of CNA’s Board of Governors. The meeting schedule for the committees of the Board of Regents normally is determined by the Board; however, meetings occur during daytime hours. Board members may also be expected to spend additional time to review materials and prepare for Board and Committee meetings.

Term:

Appointed and elected members serve three-year terms, with the exception of student representatives who serve two-year terms (Section 26 of the Memorial University Act). There is no limit on the number of terms for appointed Board of Regents members. Elected members are eligible for re-election, but cannot hold office for more than six consecutive years (Section 27 of the Memorial University Act).

A Board of Regents member’s term is definite as there is no provision in the Memorial University Act to permit a member to serve on the Board until reappointed, or until a new person is appointed as their replacement.  

Where a Board member has resigned before the expiry of their appointment, Section 30(3) of the Memorial University Act restricts the new appointee to serving out the remainder of the original appointees’ term.

The Act does not provide for retroactive appointments and all appointments or reappointments must be prospective from the date of appointment or reappointment (i.e., the date of the issuance of the OC). 

Additional Information:

Members of the Board of Regents are not remunerated but are reimbursed by the Board, through its existing budget, for travel expenses incurred in relation to meetings and the work of the Board in accordance with MUN’s established scale for expenses.

Vacancy Profile:

The Board of Regents is seeking to fill ten positions.  The Board would benefit from members with specific skills in human resources, legal, risk management, and facilities management. Ideally, nominees would hold a professional background in a field such as public administration, law, education, research, and health. 

Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified in the board profile above and who can bring unique perspectives to the table. Consideration will also be given to a variety of demographic factors to ensure the board is representative of the population they serve.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Allan, Ms. Margaret EugenieMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2017-03-242020-03-23
Baikie, Ms. MichelleMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2017-03-242020-03-23
Barnes, Mr. GlenMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2017-03-242020-03-23
Belanger, Mr. Stephen MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2014-12-152017-12-14
Bishop, Mr. Robert G.MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2014-12-152017-12-14
Bradbury, Mr. Mark Joint MUN/CNA MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2014-12-232017-12-22
Chancellor of the UniversityBy virtue of the position2012-09-01Not Applicable
Dunford, Mr. JoeMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2017-03-242020-03-23
Leandre, Ms. MargaretteStudent - Grenfell Campus Student Union Lieutenant Governor in Council2017-07-202018-10-14
McCarthy, Ms. KarenMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2017-03-242020-03-23
Petten, Ms. Iris ChairpersonLieutenant Governor in Council2016-02-132019-02-12
President of the UniversityBy virtue of the position2010-07-01Not Applicable
Rice, Mr. Maxwell MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2014-12-152017-12-14
Swanson, Ms. EleanorMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2017-03-242020-03-23
VacantJoint MUN/CNA memberLieutenant Governor in CouncilNot Applicable
VacantJoint MUN/CNA memberLieutenant Governor in CouncilNot Applicable
VacantMemberLieutenant Governor in CouncilNot Applicable
VacantMemberLieutenant Governor in CouncilNot Applicable
VacantMemberLieutenant Governor in CouncilNot Applicable
VacantMemberLieutenant Governor in CouncilNot Applicable
VacantStudent - Graduate Students' Union Lieutenant Governor in CouncilNot Applicable
VacantStudent - Marine Institute Students' UnionLieutenant Governor in CouncilNot Applicable
VacantStudent - Memorial University of Newfoundland Students' UnionLieutenant Governor in CouncilNot Applicable
Vice-President of the University / Pro Vice-ChancellorBy virtue of the positionNot Applicable

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