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.

What is the function of 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.

Primary Role:  Adjudicative

How many people are on the board?

The UPEI Board of Governors consists of 26 members, which includes the: 

  • UPEI Chancellor, 
  • UPEI President, and 
  • President of Holland College, 
  • plus nine (9) members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. 

The UPEI Board of Governors is also composed of the following nominations: 

  • two members elected by and from the UPEI Alumni Association ;
  • six members elected by the UPEI Board of Governors;
  • two members elected by and from the Senate of the University; 
  • two members elected by and from the Faculty of the University; and
  • two members elected by and from the student body of the University.

What are the requirements of board members?

Formal Qualifications
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 or 
  • (v) Property and Asset.

Skills Required
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.

What are the nomination requirements?

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.

Will I get paid?

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.

What is the time commitment of the board?

The UPEI Board of Governors conducts five (5) meetings/year lasting approximately three (3) hours in length; standing committees meet approximately five (5) times/year, lasting approximately two (2) hours in length.

Members of the UPEI Board of Governors are appointed for a term determined by the Board (traditionally three (3) year terms). The UPEI Board of Governors conducts five (5) meetings/year lasting approximately three (3) hours in length; standing committees meet approximately five (5) times/year, lasting approximately two (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.

Board of Governors of the University of Prince Edward Island - Members
Name County Term Start Term End
Kathy Hambly Queens County Aug 9, 2016 May 31, 2019
Scott Harper Queens County May 31, 2016 May 31, 2019
Margo Thompson Prince County May 31, 2016 May 31, 2019
Dr. Geraldine Johnston Kings County Sept 26, 2017 May 31, 2020
James Bradley Prince County Sept 18, 2018 May 31, 2021
Brian Thompson Queens County Sept 18, 2018 May 31, 2021
Bertha Campbell Queens County May 31, 2018 May 31, 2021
Dr. Janice Gillis Prince County Sept 26, 2017 May 31, 2020
Shauna Sullivan Curley, QC Queens County May 31, 2017 May 31, 2020

How can I apply? 

If you would like to serve as a member of a provincial government agency, board, or commission (ABC) you can apply online through Engage PEI

Who can I contact?

Brad Colwill
(902) 368-5360
bccolwill@gov.pe.ca

Published date: 
September 20, 2018
Executive Council Office

General Inquiries

Executive Council Office
5th Floor, Shaw Building
95 Rochford Street
P.O. Box 2000,
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

General Inquiries:
Phone: 902-368-4502
Fax: 902-368-6118

DeptECO@gov.pe.ca

Learning Partners Advisory Council Inquiries:
LPAC@gov.pe.ca 

Engage PEI Inquiries: 
engagepei@gov.pe.ca 

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