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From the Board of Governors meeting of May 12, 2016


NSCAD University’s Board of Governors approved the recommendation of SUNSCAD to appoint Jessica MacDonald and Julie Nicholson as the new SUNSCAD representatives to the NSCAD Board of Governors. The appointment will be effective from May, 2016 to May 2017.

We celebrated

These past few weeks NSCAD celebrated student achievement in style and tradition with outstanding exhibitions, pop-up shops, events, awards, graduation shows, the catalogue launch and convocation.  On April 29, the Class of 2016 (136 students) successfully graduated and were welcomed to the NSCAD Alumni family. It was a time of pride in all that we believe in and collectively accomplish, a time of celebration with family, friends and supporters from near and far. Every event was met with accolades and joy.

Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF)

NSCAD submitted a very robust and impressive application package to the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF). NSCAD’s SIF proposal was submitted on time (May 8, 2016) and with the Board of Governors' unanimous approval-in-principle.

Small and mighty, nimble and fleet-a-foot

NSCAD is small and mighty, nimble and fleet-a-foot.  Through the April – May, 2016 timeline for the SIF submission there were multiple competing priorities at NSCAD and in the PSE sector. At this very time something quite remarkable happened: the complete alignment of NSCAD’s planning documents and tools: The Strategic Framework,NSCAD Academic Plan: Towards 2020 and Strategic Research Plan.

Code of Conduct

The Board of Governors approved a recommendation from Governance and Human Resources Committee that the NSCAD Board of Governors Code of Conduct be amended.  The Code of Conduct was amended to ensure the rights of faculty under the collective areements and academic freedom.  The Board agreed it was important to keep the Board unified around language in the Code of Conduct. 

President Taylor- Gearing celebrates with the Art Institute of Chicago- (SAIC)

NSCAD President attended the School of the Art Institute Chicago (SAIC) 150th Anniversary Gala and fundraiser also celebrating and honouring President Walter Massey as he retires from SAIC. The event was held in the Modern wing (designed by architect Renzo Piano) of the Art Institute Chicago on May 6, 2016. The Art Institute and SAIC is an example of two institutions collaborating under one entity. The visit included meeting with the Art Institute Chicago COO, David Thurm, SAIC Vice Provost, Paul Coffey and SAIC VP Operations, Tom Buechele.

The next meeting of the Board of Governors is June 23, 2016.


2015/16 Meetings Schedule

Agendas are set and circulated seven days prior to each meeting.

To advance an issue to the Board or address the Board, please contact Kathy Connor, Executive Assistant Governance at kconnor@nscad.ca or 494-8168. Items must be received for consideration a minimum of 10 days prior to the meeting date.


Board of Governors


September 17, 2015

AGM - September 17, 2015

November 26, 2015

February 18, 2016

March 31, 2016

May 12, 2016

June 23, 2016



Governance & Human Resources Committee


September 9, 2015

November 16, 2015

January 14, 2016

March 9, 2016

May 5, 2016

June 16, 2016


Advancement Committee


September 2, 2015

November 18, 2015

January 28, 2016

March 17, 2016

April 20, 2016

June 8, 2016


Financial & Physical Resources Committee


August 27, 2015

November 5, 2015

February 9, 2016

March 10, 2016

April 18, 2016


Audit & Risk Management Committee


September 1, 2015

December 2, 2015

February 10, 2016

April 6, 2016

June 15, 2016

  All Committees may schedule special meetings as needed.

Board News


Board Briefs, May 12, 2016

Board Briefs, March 31, 2016

Board Briefs Sept. 17, 2015

Board Briefs June 25 2015

Board Briefs May 2015

Board Briefs April 2015

Board Briefs January 2015

Board Briefs November 2014

Board Briefs October 2014

AGM 2014 Review and Reports


Charting a Path Forward

Margaret and David Fountain give $3 million to NSCAD

NSCAD names new President

Board briefs September 2014

Board briefs April 2014

Board briefs  March 2014

Board briefs  February 2014

                       For news items prior to 2014, please go to our Archives

Contact Information

    (902) 494 8168

2014–2015 Annual Report


We are pleased to present NSCAD University’s 2014–2015 Annual Report. The report is inspired by NSCAD's Strategic Framework and its four pillars: Nurture, Curiosity, Steward and Connect.