Board of Governors of the University of Prince Edward Island
The management, administration and control of the property,
revenue, business and affairs of the University are vested in the Board.
The Board of Governors is a body established by the University Act. The Act vests in the Board the responsibilities of conduct, management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of the university.
The role of a Board member is that of governor or a trustee. The Board is responsible for the stewardship of the university and delegates the daily management of the university to the President and Senior Administration. The University works within a bi-cameral structure and therefore the Board as the senior governing body, shares institutional governance with the Senate.
The UPEI Board of Governors consists of 26 members which includes the UPEI Chancellor, UPEI President, and the President of Holland College, plus 9 (nine) members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council
The UPEI Board of Governors is also composed of the following nominations:
• 2 members elected by and from the UPEI Alumni Association
• 6 members elected by the UPEI Board of Governors
• 2 members elected by and from the Senate of the University
• 2 members elected by and from the Faculty of the University
• 2 members elected by and from the student body of the University
Members must have the ability to commit time and effort to the work of the Board and its committees; have knowledge of and/or strong evidence of interest in UPEI; commitment to the values of higher education and the specific role of UPEI; shall not be employed by UPEI, except for the President and those who may be elected by the student body, the faculty or Senate
Work & Experience Requirements
Interest and aptitude in working with the Board on one or more of the five standing committees of the Board;
i) Governance and Appeals
ii) Development, Fundraising and External Relations
iii) Finance and Audit
iv) Human Resources
v) Property and Asset
All members should be able to contribute to the deliberations of the Board and have related experience and interest in participation in the governance of UPEI.
Statutory Nomination Requirements
The Lieutenant Governor in Council shall appoint nine members. The rest of the members shall be elected or appointed by their position.
Traditional Nomination Requirements
Persons appointed to the UPEI Board of Governors shall be paid expenses incurred by them in the course of carrying out their duties as members of the Board as set out in the University Travel Policy.
Anticipated Time Commitments
The UPEI Board of Governors conducts 5 (five) meetings/year lasting approximately 3 hours in length; standing committees meet approximately 5 (five) times/year, lasting approximately 2 hours in length.
Members of the UPEI Board of Governors are appointed for a term determined by the Board (traditionally 3 year terms).
The UPEI Board of Governors conducts 5 (five) meetings/year lasting approximately 3 hours in length; standing committees meet approximately 5 (five) times/year, lasting approximately 2 hours in length. Board meetings are usually held the last Thursday of every second month, starting at 6:00 pm at UPEI. In addition to the time spent in actual Board and Committee meetings, members will be expected to do other work and reading in preparing for these Board and Committee meetings.
The Board holds a one-day planning session in late May or early June of every year.