Board of Governors

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.

Nominations Process

A committee appointed by the Board nominates four members of the Society each year for election to the Board of Governors. Society members may also make nominations. The Nominations committee seeks out candidates who are able to bring a diversity of skills and experience to the governance of the school, with a focus on specific qualities and individual ability to help in the execution of the strategic plan and the fulfilment of the school's mission. We endeavour to maintain a board that reflects a balance of expertise and perspectives. Society members can also make nominations.

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.

Board Committees

The Board of Governors conducts much of its work through committees. These committees – which are comprised of board members as well as society members or staff members who have been invited by the board to participate – allow a greater degree of focus, effort and discussion than what is possible in regular board meetings.

In addition to the standing committees, there is an executive committee that includes the board chair, vice-chair(s), the secretary and the treasurer.

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:

Blair Hagkull
Board Chair
c/o St. Michaels University School, or by email.

Notice of AGM: October 26, 2017

Notice of AGM: October 26, 2017

Notice of AGM: October 26, 2017

Published: October, 2017

An announcement of the Annual General Meeting, including proxy voting forms, and budget projections.

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