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Board of Governors

Members of the Board of Governors 2020-2021

Chair, Vice-Chair & Secretary
Mr. Bradley Merkel Chair of the Board
Ms Jane Allen Vice-Chair of the Board
Ms Andrea Thyret-Kidd Secretary of the Board
Ms. Santee Smith Chancellor (Ex Officio)
Dr. David Farrar President & Vice-Chancellor (Ex Officio)
Dr. Susan Tighe Provost and Vice President, Academic & Chair of the University Planning Committee (Ex Officio)
Ms Jane Allen Elected by the Board of Governors
Ms Sandra Cruickshanks Elected by the Board of Governors
Mr. Paul Douglas Elected by the Board of Governors
Mr. David Horwood Elected by the Board of Governors
Ms Rebecca Jamieson Elected by the Board of Governors
Ms Fareen Samji Elected by the Board of Governors
Mr. Neil Skelding Elected by the Board of Governors
Ms. Connie Stefankiewicz Elected by the Board of Governors
Dr. Emőke J.E. Szathmáry Elected by the Board of Governors
Dr. Robert Walker Elected by the Board of Governors
Dr. David Huctwith Appointed by the Board of Trustees of McMaster Divinity College
Ms Lisa Brown Appointed by the Alumni Association
Mr. David Feather Appointed by the Alumni Association
Ms Stephanie McLarty Appointed by the Alumni Association
Mr. Bradley Merkel Appointed by the Alumni Association
Ms Jennifer Rowe Appointed by the Alumni Association
Dr. Dina Brooks Appointed by the Senate
Dr. Lia Bronsard Appointed by the Senate
Dr. Laura Parker Appointed by the Senate
Dr. Juliet Daniel Elected by the Teaching Staff
Dr. Carlos Filipe Elected by the Teaching Staff
Dr. Rafael Kleiman Elected by the Teaching Staff
Dr. Deborah Sloboda Elected by the Teaching Staff
Ms Leah Allan Elected by the Non-Teaching Staff
Ms Melissa Pool Elected by the Non-Teaching Staff
Ms Ghada Sasa Elected by the Graduate Students
Ms Zeina Hassan Elected by the Undergraduate Students
Mr. Jeff Coles Appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council
Mr. Sean Donnelly Appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council
Mr. Michael Ferencich Appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council
Mr. Kevin Nye Appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council
Mr. Joseph Mancinelli Appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council
Vacant Appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council
Mr. H Douglas Barber Honorary Governor
Mr. Colum P. Bastable Honorary Governor
Mr. Quentin Broad Honorary Governor
Mr. Richard Buckingham Honorary Governor
Mr. T. Glen Chambers Honorary Governor
Mr. Donald M. Green Honorary Governor
Mr. David A Lazzarato Honorary Governor
Mr. Douglas C. Marrs Honorary Governor
Mr. Edward A Minich Honorary Governor
Mr. Barry D. Nicol Honorary Governor
Mr. Emechete Onuoha Honorary Governor
Mr. John H. Panabaker Honorary Governor
Mr. Donald A. Pether Honorary Governor
Mr. Edward B. Priestner Honorary Governor
Mr. Edwin A. Taylor Honorary Governor
Mr. Thomas Weisz Honorary Governor
Associate Secretary of the Board of Governors
Ms Michelle Zheng

The legal responsibilities of the Board of Governors are set out in Section 9 of The McMaster University Act, 1976.  While the President and senior administrative officers exert the central influence in policy as well as providing the dominant force in management under the authority of the Board, Board members play an important role in the governance of the University, since the Board is the legal owner and the final authority for the institution whose assets and operations the Board holds in trust.  Except for such matters as are assigned by the 1976 Act to the Senate, the government, conduct, management and control of the University and of its property, revenues, business and affairs are vested in the Board. In carrying out its financial responsibilities, the Board must accept full accountability for the finances of the University, including monitoring and authorizing the annual operating budget, prudent investments, and comprehensive fund-raising activities, as well as the obligation to ensure that financial assets are appropriately managed.  The Board receives nominations from the Senate with respect to the hiring, promoting and suspending of senior administrative and teaching personnel, and delegates the appointment, promotion, suspension or removal of all other officers, agents and employees of the University to officers of the University. The Board conducts its affairs by making by-laws, resolutions and regulations to supplement the Act. The composition of the Board of Governors is described in Section 8 of the University Act.