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Roles and Responsibilities of the Board and Members

University of Windsor
Board of Governors
 
Role and Responsibilities of the Board
  • To appoint the President
  • To review the President’s goals and performance
  • To retain overall accountability for the performance of the University
  • To provide oversight to ensure that University actions support the mission, vision, values and strategic goals of the University
  • To monitor the University’s performance against specific performance measures related to the Board’s mandate
  • To ensure that appropriate financial and administrative controls, policies and agreements are in place for the University’s financial, human and physical resources
  • To grant approvals on University actions that fall within the mandate of the Board, including approval of tuition fees, operating expenditures and one-time funding and expenditures
  • To assess the performance of the Board and its members, and facilitate Board renewal
 
Individual Board Members’ Responsibilities
  • Be informed about the University and support its mission
  • Understand that the Board’s role is one of policy-making and oversight and not management or executive decision making
  • Recognize that the Board is not a constituent assembly – individuals serving on the Board are not there on behalf of a constituency and are not to report back to anyone on matters discussed in-camera/closed Board meetings
  • Act in the best interest of the whole University rather than one particular constituency (even if elected by a constituency), offering your perspective as an individual derived from personal and work experience
  • Understand and respect that all matters of the Board, whether public or in-camera, are communicated according to the Board bylaw
  • Recognize that the President is the spokesperson for the University and the Board Chair is the spokesperson for the Board
  • Recognize that the powers and responsibilities of the Board reside only with the Board as a whole (acting as an assembly) and not with individual members
  • Attend and come prepared to participate in meetings of the Board
  • Support the decisions made by the Board
  • Understand and honour the Board’s bylaw and policies. Consequences for breach of confidentiality, conflict of interest, or other bylaw/policy range from verbal warning to removal from the Board or Committee
  • Respect the role of the Senate as the academic governing body
  • Recognize that, as fiduciaries, your sole responsibility is to the financial and operational well-being of the University
  • Declare any and all perceived or actual conflicts of interest
  • Sign annual confidentiality and conflict of interest attestation in order to participate in meetings and receive meeting packages
 
Individual Committee Members’ Responsibilities
  • In addition to the responsibilities set out above for individual Board members, Board Committee members are to:
  • Understand that the Board’s, and consequently, the Committee’s role is one of policy-making and oversight and not management or executive decision making
  • Recognize that, unless it has delegated authority to act, the Committee vets and makes recommendations to the Board which has the decision-making authority
  • Recognize that the powers and responsibilities of the Board Committee reside only with the Board Committee as a whole (acting as an assembly) and not with individual members
  • Attend and come prepared to participate in meetings of the Committee
  • Support the decisions made by the Board Committee and the Board
  • Adhere to the Confidentiality Policy of the Board  as meetings of Board Committees are held “In Camera”