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Senate's Role in University Governance 

According to the University Charter, Mount Saint Vincent University is governed by a bi-cameral structure consisting of the Board of Governors and the Senate. The Board of Governors is charged with the fiduciary responsibility for governance, conduct, management and control of the University’s assets, and the Senate is the academic governing body of the Mount and is responsible for the academic policy of the University.  It determines, in its own Senate By-Laws, its composition, members' terms of office, and internal procedures.

Senate Responsibilities

The Senate is responsible for the academic policy of the University and has statutory authority to regulate academic programs; set courses of study and standards for admission and continued enrolment; establish procedures for the evaluation of student performance; approve recipients of certificates, diplomas and degrees (including Honorary degrees); provide for the convening and conduct of convocations; determine fellowships, scholarships, bursaries, medals, prizes and other awards; be responsible for library policy; determine the academic qualifications for appointment and promotion of faculty; determine (subject to ratification by the University's Board of Governors) the academic terms on which any faculty, school, institute, department, chair or course of instruction may be established or discontinued and on which any agreement for academic co-operation may be made with individuals or groups outside the University; regulate the conduct, activities and discipline of students, appoint committees (including executive) and delegate any powers it deems advisable, and exercise other functions, powers and duties conferred on it or assigned to it by the Board.

Senate Secretary

The Secretary of Senate is a non-voting member elected by Senate for a three-year term. The Secretary of Senate is normally the first person to contact with questions or issues about Senate or its work.  For additional information concerning The Senate of Mount Saint Vincent University, contact Senate Secretary Professor Paula Crouse (

The President of the University serves as the Chair of Senate, and while the Senate is composed of ex-officio members, student representatives, and faculty, including librarians and full-time laboratory instructors, the faculty group forms the majority of its membership. 

Ex Officio Members

President, Dr. Mary Bluechardt, Chair
Vice-President Academic and Provost, Dr. Julie McMullin
Vice-President Administration, Mr. Mustansar Nadeem (effective Sept. 9, 2019)
Dean of Arts & Science, Dr. Carrie Dawson (effective Aug. 1, 2019)
Dean of Professional Studies, Dr. Kim Kienapple
Dean of Education, Dr. Antony Card
University Librarian, Ms. Tanja Harrison
Registrar, Mr. Paul Cantelo
Director of Teaching and Learning, Dr. Donovan Plumb
Associate Vice-President - Research, Dr. Gayle MacDonald
Associate Vice-President - Student Experience, Ms. Paula Barry Mercer

 Faculty Representatives (19)Term BeginsTerm Ends              
 Dr. Adriana Benzaquén
January 1, 2020June 30, 2022
 Dr. Geneviève Boulet
July 1, 2019
June 30, 2022
 Prof. Paulette Cormier-MacBurnie
July 1, 2017
June 30, 2020
 Dr. Danielle Cox
October 1, 2019
June 30, 2022
 Dr. Robert FarmerJuly 1, 2018June 30, 2021
 Dr. Tammy Findlay
July 1, 2017
June 30, 2020
 Dr. Derek Fisher
July 1, 2018
June 30, 2021
 Dr. Tina Harriott
July 1, 2017
June 30, 2020
 Dr. Elsie Henderson
July 1, 2018
June 30, 2021
 Dr. Nargess Kayhani
July 1, 2018
June 30, 2021
 Dr. Jeff MacLeod
July 1, 2017June 30, 2020
 Dr. Stephen Perrott
July 1, 2018June 30, 2021
 Dr. Diane PiccittoJuly 1, 2019
June 30, 2022
 Dr. Krista Ritchie
July 1, 2018
June 30, 2021
 Dr. Cornelia SchneiderJanuary 1, 2020
June 30, 2022
 Dr. Suzanne Seager
July 1, 2017
June 30, 2020
 Dr. Don Shiner
July 1, 2017June 30, 2020
 Dr. Corey Slumkoski
January 1, 2019June 30, 2021
 Dr. Rhoda Zuk
July 1, 2017June 30, 2020
 Dr. Chérif Matta
 July 1, 2017 December 31, 2019
 Dr. Jim Sharpe March 23, 2017 December 31, 2019

Note:    Italics denote terms which do not include the entire academic year.

Student Representatives (May 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020)

Interim President of Students' Union – Mr. Templeton Sawyer
Vice-President Advocacy  –  Vacant
Education Representative – Vacant
Professional Studies Representative – Vacant
Graduate Student Representative –
Ms. Katerina Allan
Arts & Science Representative – Vacant

Secretary of Senate Term BeginsTerm Ends                                 
Prof. Paula CrouseJuly 1, 2018June 30, 2021


Revised:  February 3, 2020