Massey College was established by the Master and Fellows of Massey College Act (1960-61), which was amended in 1974. It is governed by an elected Governing Board, made up of Senior Fellows and chaired by the elected member of the board.
Its connection with the University of Toronto was established at the same time with Bill-115. The relationship is recognized through ex officio membership on the Governing Board of the President of the University of Toronto and the Dean of School of Graduate Studies.
Other members of the College community join in a number of committees which report to the Governing Board. A considerable degree of self-governance of the Junior Fellowship (the College’s full-time graduate students) is implemented through the annual election of a Don of Hall, other student officers, and committee members.
THE VISITOR is the College ombudsman and fulfils important constitutional and ceremonial functions.
SENIOR FELLOWS are elected from prominent representatives of both academic and professional interests at the University of Toronto.
THE HEAD (formerly MASTER) is the chief administrative officer who, together with those Senior Fellows elected to the Governing Board, governs the College.
THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS who assist the Master are the Librarian, the Bursar and the Dean, who is also Secretary of the Governing Board.
Heads (formerly known as Masters) of the College:
1963 to 1981 Robertson Davies (Founding Master)
1981 to 1988 J.N. Patterson Hume
1988 to 1995 Ann Saddlemyer
1991 to 1992 Stefan Dupre (Acting Master)
1995 to 2014 John Fraser
2014 to present Hugh Segal
1963 to 1967 The Rt. Hon. Vincent Massey
1973 to 1976 The Hon. Dalton C. Wells
1990 to 1995 The Hon. John B. Aird
1996 to 2003 Dr. Rose Wolfe
2003 to 2016 The Hon. H.N.R. Jackman
Present The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin