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Board of Regents of the Memorial University of Newfoundland

Department

Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

Authority

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

Remuneration

No Remuneration

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). 

Vacancy Profile:

The Board of Regents is seeking applications for the position of Chairperson. It is the role of the Chairperson to manage the operation of the Board of Regents and to lead the Board in the productive discharge of its duties and responsibilities. Applications will be accepted for this opportunity until end of day August 19, 2018.

 The Chairperson of the Board will:

  • Preside over all meetings of the Board and exercise all powers associated with that position including general oversight, management and direction of Memorial University activities, administration and control of property, revenue, business and affairs;
  • Identify any real or potential conflict of interest and determine appropriate action to address or resolve a conflict of interest affecting a Board member in accordance with Memorial University's conflict of interest policies;
  • Act, in consultation with the President and Vice-Chancellor, as the primary interface between the Board and the Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour;
  • Maintain communications with members outside of formal Board meetings as appropriate; and,
  • Ensure the Board remains compliant with the requirements under the Transparency and Accountability Act.

 The Chairperson of the Board must possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Board experience;
  • Ability to understand the significant role of post-secondary education in the province;
  • High ethical standards, integrity and understanding of corporate social responsibility;
  • Proven diplomatic and negotiation skills and ability to foster relationship building;
  • Commitment to and understanding of Memorial University's stakeholders and mandate and the university sector in Canada and internationally;
  • Appreciation and understanding of the collegial academic environment and decision making process;
  • Ability to facilitate the governance process and ensure compliance with applicable legislation and policies;
  • Experience dealing with the issues and challenges facing a complex institution, particularly at a senior management level;
  • Experience leading the implementation of strategic initiatives;
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve consensus on complex issues;
  • Experience with strategic planning, thinking, and evaluation of the implementation of the strategic plan within an organization, particularly public sector or not-for-profit entities;
  • Strong reasoning skills;
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills;
  • An understanding of and experience in human resource planning and management;
  • Experience in guiding and coordinating the recruitment and selection of organization senior executive positions;
  • Experience in financial planning and management, including resource allocation, institutional investment oversight, and risk management.

Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified in the 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
Bishop, Mr. Robert GeorgeMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-02-212021-02-20
Bradbury, Mr. Mark GeraldJoint MUN/CNA MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-02-212021-02-20
Cahill, Mr. Frederick JosephMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-02-212021-02-20
Chancellor of the UniversityBy virtue of the position2012-09-01Not Applicable
Dunford, Mr. JoeMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2017-03-242020-03-23
Gibbons, Mr. JohnJoint MUN/CNA memberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-02-212021-02-20
Leandre, Ms. MargaretteStudent - Grenfell Campus Student Union Lieutenant Governor in Council2017-07-202020-10-13
Letto, Mr. DougMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-02-212021-02-20
McCarthy, Ms. KarenMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2017-03-242020-03-23
Noel, Mr. AlexStudent - Memorial University of Newfoundland Students' UnionLieutenant Governor in Council2017-12-182019-12-17
Parsons, Mr. KelvinMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-02-212021-02-20
Petten, Ms. Iris ChairpersonLieutenant Governor in Council2016-02-132019-02-12
President of the UniversityBy virtue of the position2010-07-01Not Applicable
Rideout, Ms. DonnaJoint MUN/CNA memberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-02-212021-02-20
Rowsell, Ms. Catherine MarieMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-02-212021-02-20
Samson, Mr. ChristianStudent - Marine Institute Students' UnionLieutenant Governor in Council2017-12-182020-10-14
Saunders, Mr. George TheophilusMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-02-212021-02-20
Swanson, Ms. EleanorMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2017-03-242020-03-23
VacantStudent - Graduate Students' Union Lieutenant Governor in CouncilNot Applicable
Vice-President of the University / Pro Vice-ChancellorBy virtue of the positionNot Applicable
Waterman, Mr. Dennis CurlewMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-02-212021-02-20

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