Board of Governors

Established in 1967, Durham College has grown into a premier post-secondary choice for more than 9,000 full-time students, thousands of part-time students and nearly 1,400 apprentices.

The Board of Governors is our legal governing body and is responsible for the appointment of the external board members who sit as volunteer representatives from the local community. By virtue of office, the college president is a voting member of the board while four internal members are elected, one from each of the student, and support, academic and administrative staff constituencies. The Durham College Board of Governors is composed of 17 board members, including 12 externally appointed members, the president and four internally elected members.

Regulation 34/03 of the Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Act, 2002, has been amended by Regulation 169/10. On and after October 1, 2010, the external members of a board of governors shall be appointed on a rotating basis of one to three by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and/or the members of the board of Governors holding office at the time of the appointment. All members sit as volunteer representatives of the Board.

The Council also provides Board of Governors and Colleges as a whole with on-going:

  • Guidance
  • Support
  • Oversight

The role of the Board of Governors includes, at a minimum:

  • Establishing governance structures to enable the achievement of expected institutional outcomes with clear lines of communication and internal accountability.
  • Setting the college vision, strategic direction and overall goals and outcomes within the context of the appropriate laws, government policies and local needs.
  • Approving the college’s annual business plan and budget and annual report.
  • Hiring the president, delegating to the president accountability for the performance and operation of the college and evaluating the president’s performance.
  • Regularly assessing the attainment of corporate goals and outcomes by the president and the effectiveness of the board with respect to governance.

The above list is an excerpt from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ Minister’s Binding Policy Directive, Governance and Accountability Framework – Section 1.0 Governance and Accountability.


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