The University Secretariat is headed by the University Secretary, who is also the Secretary to the Board of Governors.
The University Secretary and Secretary to the Board serves as the University’s most senior advisor on governance-related issues and on associated legislative and administrative matters. The Secretary is the chief of staff to the Board, advising on the fiduciary responsibilities and duties of the Board and its members and on the best practices that will enable the Board to function effectively and efficiently. As a senior officer of the University, the position is broadly concerned with the interface of governance and senior administrative activity, and acts as a facilitator and advisor on a wide range of matters.
The University Secretary has reporting line responsibility for the Centre of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility. This office provides Human Rights Advisory services under Trent’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment and the Human Rights Code of Ontario. It also is responsible for Employment Equity compliance under federal legislation and education, reporting and compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the accessibility standards required under the Act's Regulations.
The University Secretary is accountable to the Board, however reports administratively to the President.