Board of Governors (Mount Royal University)

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Type of entity

Corporate body

Authorized form of name

Board of Governors (Mount Royal University)

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • B.O.G.
  • Board of Trustees
  • B.O.T.
  • Mount Royal University Board
  • Mount Royal College Board of Governors

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Description area

Dates of existence

1910-

History

The Board of Governors is the governance authority for Mount Royal University. The main responsibility of the Board of Governors is to act as senior oversight and to guarantee the activities of Mount Royal are in line with its mandate, vision, and mission.

The Act to Incorporate Mount Royal College was passed on December 16th, 1910. However, the Board of Governors had their first meeting in August 1910 to establish an academic and financial plan for the college. At its inception, the full Board consisted of thirty-three members and met annually. The Executive Committee, which consisted of the four officers plus six regular Board members, met monthly and was given the authority to transact all of the business of the Board and College between meetings of the full Board of Governors. During Mount Royal's years as a private college, members of the Board of Governors were drawn primarily from the United Church network due to the school’s Methodist roots. This tendency changed after the college became public with Board members coming from a wider base including members of the Conservative Party, the Calgary Board of Education, and volunteers active in local health and community organizations. During the transition to a public college the Board briefly changes its name to the 'Board of Trustees' in order to take over the assets, liabilities, and administration of the private college. The name of the Board reverted back to the Board of Governors in January of 1970.

The Colleges Act of 1969 changed the composition of the Board to include the college president, a Board chair, six public members chosen by the Government, one member nominated by the Student's Association, and one member nominated by the Faculty Association. In 1982 the first support staff member was added to the Board of Governors making the total member number eleven. In 1972 the Board of Governors’ standing committees also underwent restructuring to include members of the faculty, student body, and administration for the first time. The 1990s saw another notable change to the composition of the Board as Mount Royal was actively trying to become a degree granting institution. Community volunteers were replaced with prominent business leaders who were considered to be strategically placed to push Mount Royal’s interests.

Currently the Board of Governors consists of thirteen members made up of the Board chair, the university president, a faculty representative, a support staff representative, the president of the Student’s Association, and eight public members. The Board continues to be directed by several statues and regulations that direct its responsibilities, the foremost being the Post-Secondary Leaning Act. The entire Board has an obligation to meet at least four times a year and one meeting must be opened to the public. The Board of Governors continues to carry out much of its work through standing committees, of which there are currently five: Academic Affairs Committee, Audit and Risk Committee, Finance Committee, Campus Development Committee, Governance and Nominating Committee, and the Human Resources Committee.

Places

Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta

Legal status

Governing body

Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Post-Secondary Leaning Act
Mount Royal University Mandate
Mount Royal University Board of Governors Bylaws

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Access points area

Occupations

Control area

Authority record identifier

MRUASC-AR0016

Institution identifier

Mount Royal University Archives and Special Collections

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Created February 16, 2018 by SD

Language(s)

  • English

Script(s)

Sources

Donald Noel Baker, Catch the Gleam: Mount Royal, from College to University, 1910-2009, (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2011)
“Board of Governors Bylaws, September 18, 2010”. http://www.mtroyal.ca/AboutMountRoyal/OfficesGovernance/BoardofGovernors/By-Laws/index.htm. Retrieved February 15, 2018
“Committee Charters”. http://www.mtroyal.ca/AboutMountRoyal/OfficesGovernance/BoardofGovernors/CommitteeCharters/index.htm. Retrieved February 16, 2018
“Role”. http://www.mtroyal.ca/AboutMountRoyal/OfficesGovernance/BoardofGovernors/Role/index.htm. Retrieved February 16, 2018

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