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Mount Saint Vincent University is governed using a bi-cameral governance structure consisting of the Board of Governors and the Senate.  The Board of Governors is charged with governance, conduct, management and control of the University; the Senate is responsible for the academic policy of the University. 

As stipulated by the Mount's "University Charter", the Board of Governors consists of the Chancellor, President, Vice-President Academic, Vice-President Administration, and members representing the Sisters of Charity, Government, faculty, students, alumnae, and the external community (Community at Large). 

Board members “selected by and from” their specific constituency are appointed to the Board for a term specified by their constituency.   Members from the Community at Large are appointed to the Board of Governors, through the Nominating Committee, for a three-year term.  The Board may extend an invitation for reappointment for one additional three-year term to members from the "Community at Large" if there is mutual interest. 

The "Board By-Laws", developed in conjunction with the University Charter, provide the framework in which the Board of Governors works to help ensure the viability of the University.  The Board governs, conducts, manages and controls the University and its property, revenues, expenditures, business and affairs; these are among the Board's commitment and key responsibilities to the University.

Chair, Board of Governors
Colleen Keyes

Chancellor
S. Joan O'Keefe, BA, MA, Sisters of Charity (Halifax)

President and Vice-Chancellor
Mary Bluechardt, PhD, Mount Saint Vincent University

Vice-President (Academic)
Elizabeth Church 

Vice-President (Administration)
Brian Jessop

Governors Appointed by the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity
Joan McMullin   
Martha Norris
Marie Scagliola    
Cathy Ward   
S. Pat Wilson

Governors Appointed by the Governor in Council
Li Jin
Shelley Rowan

Governors Selected by and from the Alumnae
Tanya Lorimer-Charles
Alison MacDonald
Christine Yang

Governors Selected by and from the Faculty

Dr. Robert Farmer
Dr. Robert Bérard
Dr. Amy Thurlow

Governors Selected by and from the Students
Alex Cuming
Erin Murray
One (1) vacancy

Governors Selected by the Board from the Community at Large
Sharon Avery
Brenda Belliveau
Anne Campbell
Mary Dable Arab
Amanda Dean
Doug Doucet
John Flemming
Myra Freeman
Dave Gardam
Roger Howard 
Leslie McLean
Jolene Mahody
Anne McGuire
S. Dorothy Moore
Corrine Sparks
Judith Sullivan-Corney
Darrin Talbot

 

 

Last updated:  October 15, 2017

Board of Governors' meetings are typically scheduled September, November, February, April and June (Annual Meeting).  Meeting agendas are developed using a Macro Agenda approach; the Macro Agenda outlines the workload of the Board for the full year, evenly distributed over the Board meetings for the year (see dates listed below):

September 28, 2017
- Master Agenda
- Meeting Outcomes
 
November 23, 2017
- Master Agenda
- Meeting Outcomes

March 1, 2018
- Master Agenda
- Meeting Outcomes

April 26, 2018
- Master Agenda
- Meeting Outcomes

June 26, 2018
- Master Agenda
- Meeting Outcomes

To ensure Board meeting time is utilized efficiently and effectively, a consent agenda (a meeting practice which packages routine committee reports, Board meeting minutes, and other non-controversial items not requiring discussion or independent action as one agenda item) is used.  Consent Agenda items are identified on the Master Agenda with a "C"; these items are  received for information or approved using a single motion.  Items marked "M" are included on the meeting agenda for discussion and/or approval at the meeting.  Board members are provided with the opportunity to move any item from the Consent Agenda to the Meeting Agenda; once this happens, all items remaining on the Consent Agenda are received for information or approved by the Board using a single motion.

The minutes of each Board meeting are maintained by the University Governance Secretary (Secretary to the Board).  On-site viewing of approved minutes is available (by appointment) by contacting the University Governance Secretary by phone at 902-457-6436, or by email at msvu.ca

 

At its February 26, 2015 meeting, the Board of Governors approved a motion that on a go forward basis, it would post the master meeting agenda and synopsis of outcomes from each Board meeting on the external website.  The Master agendas and outcomes of Board meetings for 2014-2015 (beginning with the February 2015 meeting)  can be found via the links below.

Master Agendas
Meeting Outcomes
June 22, 2017 Annual Meeting
June 22, 2017 Annual Meeting
April 19, 2017
April 19, 2017
March 2, 2017
March 2, 2017
November 24, 2016
November 24, 2016
September 29, 2016
September 29, 2016
June 28, 2016 Annual Meeting
June 28, 2016 Annual Meeting
April 21, 2016
April 21, 2016
February 25, 2016
February 25, 2016
November 19, 2015
November 19, 2015
September 24, 2015
September 24, 2015
June 25, 2015 Annual MeetingJune 25, 2015 Annual Meeting
April 16, 2015April 16, 2015
February 26, 2015February 26, 2015
To ensure Board meeting time is utilized efficiently and effectively, a Consent Agenda (a meeting practice which packages routine committee reports, Board meeting minutes, and other non-controversial items not requiring discussion or independent action as one agenda item) is used.  Consent Agenda items are identified on the Master Agenda with a "C"; these items are  received for information or approved using a single motion.  Items marked "M" are included on the meeting agenda for discussion and/or approval at the meeting.  Board members are provided with the opportunity to move any item from the Consent Agenda to the Meeting Agenda; once this happens, all items remaining on the Consent Agenda are received for information or approved by the Board using a single motion.

The minutes of each Board meeting are maintained by the University Governance Secretary (Secretary to the Board).  On-site viewing of approved minutes is available (by appointment) by contacting the University Governance Secretary by phone at 902-457-6436, or by email at msvu.ca