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The primary role of a Board of Governors is policy formulation. This means that the Board should set priorities and directions to be achieved by the institution. This is a difficult task but is the essence of "governance" even though it is often nebulous and may seem remote and much less tangible than "managing" or implementing policy - the role of the President.
While policy formulation can be said to be the basic role of the Board, a second role demanded by the first is that of accountability. It is impossible to continue to set directions and rearrange priorities without rigorous and regular assessment of institutional performance.
A third role of the Board is generally described as interpreter between the people served by the college and the college itself. A Board member should be able to explain to other persons in the province what the college is doing, in what directions it is trying to go and why it has chosen these directions or set these priorities. Similarly, the Board must represent the people it serves by communicating provincial expectations, needs and interests to the people working within the college.
A fourth role that is fundamental for a Board is the selection, support and assessment of the performance of the President, who is responsible for providing advice to the Board on matters of policy and for managing the college on its behalf.
- Meeting Minutes for December 7, 2018 (138kb)
- Meeting Minutes for October 11, 2018 (245kb)
- Meeting Minutes for September 5, 2018 (94kb)
- Meeting Minutes for June 18, 2018 (513kb)
- Meeting Minutes for February 23, 2018 (675kb)
Current Board MembersAlastair O’Rielly, Chair
Charles Penwell, Vice-Chair
Dr. Brenda Kelleher-Flight
Dr. Debbie Brake-Patten
Contact the BoardCorrespondence to the Board or individual Board members should be sent to:
Secretary, Board of Governors
Executive Assistant for General Counsel and Board of Governors
College of the North Atlantic
432 Massachusetts Drive
P O Box 5400 Stephenville, NL, A2N 2Z6
Strategic PlanStrategic Planning Responsibilities
The development of the college’s strategic plan has been led by the Board of Governors. The Board and the President developed an initial strategic framework in October 1999 and have continued to evolve the strategic direction of the college through facilitated strategic planning sessions. This Strategic Plan assimilates and presents a comprehensive view of the results of the strategic planning process.
By legislation, the Board of Governors is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of the college, and the President is responsible for formulating the specific objectives.
Strategic Planning Methodology
College of the North Atlantic has undertaken a number of strategic planning initiatives, the results of which are incorporated in the Plan. These initiatives have included:
- A series of facilitated strategic planning retreats for the Board and management;
- Extensive external and internal consultation through facilitated meetings and an online survey; and
- Completion of an extensive environmental scan.
As a public institution, and given its proactive role in the social and economic develop of the province, the college participates in the implementation of the province’s Strategic Social Plan at various levels. College representatives participate with the Strategic Social Plan authorities and bring relevant issues forward to the college’s strategic planning process.
The Policies contained on this web site have been approved by college executive and are enacted under the authority of section 15(1)(h) of the college Act, 1996, in conjunction with Board Policy BP-PO-001B.
Section 15(1)(h) of the Act grants to the Board of the college the authority to “make general policies to govern the organization, administration and operation of the college including personnel policies which, unless otherwise approved by the minister, shall adhere to the personnel administrative procedure of the province”. Board Policy BP-PO-001B then authorizes the college President, in consultation with the Board, to “develop, authorize and implement regulations and procedures governing all aspects of the administration of the college”.
|Admission and Selection of Students||GP-A-101|
|Remuneration||GP A 102|
|Board Meetings||GP-BO- 201|
|Code of Business Conduct||GP-BO-202|
|Committees of the Board||GP-BO- 205|
|Learner Appeals||GP-BO- 209|
|Nomination to the Board - Students||GP-BO-213|
|Order of Business||GP-BO-204|
|Presentations to the Board||GP-BO-207|
|Standards of Behaviour||GP-B0-203|
|Evaluation of the Board Performance||GP-E-301|
|Accounting Practices||GP-F- 403|
|Capital Spending||GP-F- 404|
|Contractual Agreements||GP-F- 401|
|Scholarship Fund Investments||GP-F-402|
|Access to Information||GP-GR- 807|
|Behaviour on College Owned or Run Property||GP-GR-803|
|Conflict of Interest||GP-GR-801|
|Governance of Risk||GP-GR- 804|
|Policy Development||GP-GR- 802|
|Replacement of President||GP-GR-806|
|Courses and Programs||GP-O-501|
|Release of Information||GP-R-702|
Roles and Responsibilities
|Role of the Board||GP-PR-901|
|Role of the Chair of the Board||GP-RR-902|
|Role of the President||GP-RR-904|
|Role of the Vice-Chair||GP-RR-903|
For further information or for direction regarding any areas of College operation not covered by these policies, please consult the Human Resources Policy Manual of the Public Service Secretariat of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, available at: http://www.exec.gov.nl.ca/exec/pss/working_with_us/policies.html
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