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From the Board of Governors Meeting on November 24th, 2016

Remembering the Late Dr. Daniel O'Brien, C.M., O.N.B.

Board Secretary, Kim Knoll read into the record a Statement by The Honourable Wilfred P. Moore. The Statement was delivered to Senate on November 16, 2016 and becomes part of the official record of Canada. In addition to the many accomplishments and accolades in the Statement, the following was expressed regarding his involvement at NSCAD:

He was President of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax form 2012-2014, guiding it through a challenging financial period and developing its “Framework for Stability” document. Upon Dan’s passing, Grant Machum, Immediate Past Chair of NSCAD’s Board of Governors, said of him:
“He is the reason that NSCAD remains an independent fine arts university with a worldwide reputation”.

In delivering the President’s report, President Taylor-Gearing imparted these words to the Board of Governors:

“I am thankful for the dedicated service of Dr. Daniel W. O’Brien for leading NSCAD University from 2012-2014. I was proud and humbled to represent NSCAD at Dan’s Funeral Mass on November 3, 2016 at St. Mary’s Basilica together with Immediate Past Chair Grant Machum. On behalf of NSCAD University community we send sincere condolences to Dan’s wife Valerie and sons Professor Peter and Father Craig."

Alumni Report

The NSCAD Board of Governors received its first report from the Alumni Association. The President of the Alumni Association, Siobhan Cleary submitted the report. A report from the Alumni Association will become a standing agenda item for the Board.

Respect, Pride, Collegiality and Trust

The President reflected upon NSCAD’s values of Respect, Pride, Collegiality and Trust being mindful of our collective commitment to being a welcoming inclusive and diverse community.

Higher Education Strategy Associates (HESA)

In March 2016, the Board approved the engagement of Higher Education Strategy Associates (HESA) to conduct an admissions review, market research and analysis for NSCAD University. The work has been completed and a final report received.

The President introduced Alex Usher who is the President of Higher Education Strategy Associates and Editor-in-Chief of Global Higher Education Strategy Monitor. Mr. Usher is an internationally recognized expert in student financial aid and quality measurement in post-secondary education.

Mr. Usher presented on the HESA report commissioned by NSCAD to look at long-term enrolment trends and provide recommendations specifically in a NSCAD context. Mr. Usher’s presentation was entitled “The Path Forwards” confirming a very positive outlook for NSCAD’s future.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the NSCAD Board of Governors is scheduled for February 16, 2017.

To advance an issue to the Board or address the Board, please contact Kathy Connor, Executive Assistant Governance & President's Office at kconnor@nscad.ca or 902-494-8114.

Items must be received for consideration a minimum of 10 days prior to the meeting date.

Board of Governors

September 22, 2016


September 22, 2016

November 24, 2016

February 16, 2017

March 30, 2017

May 11, 2017

June 22, 2017

September 21, 2017


September 21, 2017


Governance & Human Resources Committee

September 6, 2016

November 9, 2016

January 19, 2017

March 21, 2017

May 3, 2017

June 8, 2017


Advancement Committee

August 23, 2016

October 27, 2016

December 1, 2016

February 23, 2017

April 27, 2017

May 31, 2017

Financial & Physical Resources Committee

September 7, 2016

October 25, 2016

January 12, 2017

March 2, 2017

April 12, 2017

June 1, 2017


Audit & Risk Oversight Committee

August 31, 2016

October 12, 2016

December 8, 2016

February 9, 2017

April 20, 2017

June 13, 2017

 All Committees may schedule special meetings as needed.

Board News


Board Briefs: Sep 22, 2016

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Charting a Path Forward

Margaret and David Fountain give $3 million to NSCAD

NSCAD names new President

Board Briefs: Nov 27, 2014

Board Briefs: Oct 23, 2014

AGM 2014 Review and Reports

Board Briefs: Sep 25, 2014

Board Briefs: May 22, 2014

Board Briefs: Apr 24, 2014

Board Briefs: Mar 27, 2014

Board Briefs: Jan 23, 2014

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2015–2016 Annual Report

NSCAD Annual Report 2015-2016

We are pleased to present NSCAD University’s 2015–2016 Annual Report. Throughout the report, follow our timeline capturing a year in the life of NSCAD—beginning with events such as the opening of I AM NSCAD, a landmark exhibition which brought together the works of more than 160 alumni artists while at the same time unveiling exciting renovations at the Anna Leonowens Gallery. From there, it was just one highlight after another—our 129th year was truly an outstanding one.