CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Trent University’s Board of Governors Faculty, Staff and Student Seats
The Call for Nominations for the Faculty, Staff and Student seats on the Board of Governors is open now until Monday, June 22, 2020. The seats available are:
- 1 Faculty - Term: July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2022
- 1 Staff - July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2022
- 1 Student (open to students from the Durham GTA Campus only) - July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2022
- 1 Student (open to students from Peterborough Campuses only) - Term: July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021
Anyone interested in these volunteer positions is required to submit a self-nomination form no later than Monday, June 22, 2020 at 4pm, and must have supporting nominations submitted, also by the deadline. Refer to the specific requirements with regard to supporting nominations on the Candidate Self-Nomination Form.
If would like further details about the Board of Governors you are invited to schedule a call with the University Secretary by emailing email@example.com.
Information on the Board of Governors:
- The Trent University Board of Governors - An Introduction
- Questions and Answers for Prospective Board Members
- Board Diversity Policy
- Members of the Board of Governors
- Board of Governors Confidentiality
The Board of Governors believes that a diversity of perspectives is necessary for good governance. Please consider the diversity of our community when making your nominations.
Further details are provided in the policy on Appointment of Members of the Board of Governors (Special Resolution III.1).
Please contact the University Secretary by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Importance of the Board
Trent University seeks to develop a Board composed of members who have a passion for university education, are highly effective communicators, able to consider other perspectives in making their decisions, are committed to understanding and practicing good governance, engage at a strategic and conceptual level, will serve in leadership roles if asked, are able to commit the necessary time and energy to the Board, and are willing to participate in the life of Trent University as an active ambassador and advocate.
This challenging role requires dynamic and committed volunteers with the motivation and commitment to grapple with complex information and make difficult decisions that will have great impact on the future of this important institution. For more information on the Board of Governors and how members are appointed to the Board, please see our guidebook, The Trent University Board of Governors - An Introduction.
Internal Seats (student, staff, faculty)
Student candidates for Board membership are identified through a general election in the spring of each year conducted by the University Secretariat. All members of the student body, who take one or more courses at the University and who are in good academic standing, are eligible to stand for election and to vote.
Faculty and Staff candidates are identified through general elections conducted by the University Secretariat in the spring of each year.
Each of these positions are for two-year terms.
Members of the public are nominated by the Board's Nominating and Governance Committee. Anyone may apply, or nominate a candidate for Board membership at any time, however appointments are typically made in the spring. The Board actively engages with the Trent University Alumni Association for alum nominations as part of the recruitment process for at-large vacancies.
The position is for a three-year term, with the possibility of renewal for a second term.
Trent University alumni, who have the particular skillsets identified in the "Position Profile" are encouraged to apply.
External Appointments to Board Committees
In lieu of sufficient Board vacancies in any one year, it is the Board’s practice to appoint candidates with subject matter expertise as external members of various Board standing committees. This practice brings additional external expertise and perspective to the committee table and provides the external appointee with exposure to the work of the Board and engagement with the University community.
The Trent University Board of Governors has up to 26 members. 8 seats of the Board's membership are filled by the Trent community (the Chancellor, the President, two students, two faculty, and two staff). The remaining 10-18 seats on the Board are filled by members of the general public.
Board members and external consultants to committees are volunteers and may not receive remuneration for this activity. The Ontario Corporations Act requires that members of the Board and external consultants to committees be at least 18 years of age and have no undischarged bankruptcy.
Membership involves a time commitment of approximately 1-2 weekdays per month for meeting attendance, plus 6-10 hours per month for review of meeting materials. In addition, Board members are encouraged to attend University events when available.
Please contact the University Secretariat by phone at 705-748-1387 or by email at email@example.com for more information.