Proposed Charter Changes go to Parliament
Queen’s petition to amend the University Charter to reduce the size of the Board of Trustees has been sent to Ottawa.
The proposed amendments would also give University Council the flexibility to determine its size and composition.
“Parliament must approve the amendments to our Royal Charter that are required to implement these changes,” says University Secretary Georgina Moore. “The process is expected to take several months but we’re now on our way.”
The Board formally and unanimously endorsed the changes to its membership at its meeting earlier this month; members of University Council recently voted on-line in favour of proceeding.
Council members also authorized the suspension of the election of Graduates and Benefactors to the Board, given that these categories of Trustees would be phased out under the revised Charter. The number of faculty, staff, student and University Council representatives on the Board would stay the same.
The Board plans to shrink from 44 members to 25 to increase effectiveness and efficiency. It’s currently one of the largest university boards in Canada. Reducing its size reflects a general trend among modern charitable, not-for-profit and corporate boards.
The roles and responsibilities of both the Board and University Council would stay the same.