Board of Governors

If You Have Questions

Questions relating to the Board of Governors or governance of the school generally or requests for a copy of the Society's Constitution and Bylaws should be addressed to:

David Longridge '88
Board Chair
c/o St. Michaels University School, or by email.

As an independent school, the Society is self-governing and relies upon its own assets and resources. A board of twelve governors, elected by members of the Society, together with two appointed governors, autonomously governs the school. Governors serve for a term of three years with elections of four candidates to the office of governor taking place every year. The two appointed governors are the presidents of the Parents' Auxiliary and the Alumni Association. The Board of Governors may also appoint non-voting advisory governors.

The Role of the Board

The Board functions at an institutional policy level, which means that the role of the Board is to govern the school, not to administer it. The Board employs the Head of School and delegates the running of the school and the education of students to the head and the professionals who are engaged for these purposes. Governors are not involved in matters directly affecting individual students; staff handle subjects of concern or interest to parents relating to their children.

Governors are charged with the promulgation and prosecution of the school's mission, and are responsible for the long-term viability of the school. The Board plans strategically, and develops and sets the policies under which the school is run.

Governors are also the fiduciaries of the school and are responsible for overseeing the school's fiscal management. Working with school management on the annual budgetary process, operational revenues and expenditures are approved by the Board, together with the setting of tuition fees.

Major duties of the governors also include fundraising for the school's immediate needs, as well as long-term capital funding for buildings and endowment, in execution of the mission and the strategic plan. The Board follows the practice of full disclosure and reporting on financial matters to Society members, and communicates regularly with them on other matters of governance.

Our Report Card 2020-21

Our Report Card 2020-21

Our Report Card 2020-21

Published: October, 2021

SMUS's annual report is a cross-campus look at our school during the 2020-21 school year, including academic results, university acceptances, philanthropy and school governance.

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