Governor Roles and Responsibilities - Quick Overview

Governor Roles and Responsibilities*

  • To act honestly, in good faith, and in the best interests of the University, as a whole, while being knowledgeable of and taking into account the interests of the different constituencies to whom the University is accountable.
  • To apply the level of skill and judgment reasonably expected of a person with his or her knowledge and experience to matters that come before the Board of Governors (the “Board”).
  • To be knowledgeable about the University, its purpose, governance structure, policies, values and culture, as well as the larger context in which it operates, and to comply with and maintain University and Board policies, including the Board’s policy on confidentiality and conflict of interest.
  • To understand and respect the distinct role and responsibilities of the Board, the Senate, and University Administrators, and to work in partnership with them to advance the goals and strategic direction of the University.
  • To participate in meaningful and respectful debate during the meetings, including voicing conflicting opinions, and to respect the decision of the majority once a decision has been reached.
  • To support the mission of the University, advocate for its interests, and help enhance its public image.
  • To regularly attend meetings, read the meeting materials in advance, and come prepared to contribute to discussions.
  • To recognize that the President, or his/her express delegate, is the primary spokesperson for the University and the Chair of the Board, or his/her express delegate, is the primary spokesperson for the Board, and to refer requests for information to the President, the Chair of the Board, or the Board Secretary.

* See Principles of Good Governance at the University of Guelph for context and further details.

Approved: Board of Governors, October 23, 2014