Governing Board Member Role, Qualities and Competencies

Governing Board Member Role, Qualities and Competencies

Massey College, a unique academic and graduate residential community located in the heart of The University of Toronto, provides a collegial and intellectual environment for individuals of distinguished ability. Eminent scholars and members of the wider community come together to interact and provide a mentoring atmosphere and support system.

The College is overseen by a Governing Board (GB) responsible for ensuring that its mission is realized. The Board, both directly and through a variety of Committees, ensures that the affairs of the College are managed in a timely and ethical way.

All members of the GB are expected to participate fully, including attending GB meetings and service on at least one GB sub-committee. There are four GB meetings per year, near the end of the working day, typically spread throughout the academic term. Committees of the board meet as needed between GB meetings.

We seek candidates who have demonstrated some or all of the following characteristics:

  • active participation in Massey events
  • active engagement with graduate students in and out of the college
  • leadership/initiative related to graduate students
  • demonstrated commitment to community building

Governing Board members must be Senior Fellows to be eligible for nomination.

As part of its duties, the GB must oversee the College finances, building, management, membership and fundraising. The list below indicates competencies that should be available in the composition of the GB:

  1. STUDENT WELL-BEING
  2. LEADERSHIP
  3. FINANCE / DEVELOPMENT / BUSINESS
  4. COMMUNITY PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
  5. PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT AND AESTHETICS
  6. FUNDRAISING
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