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From the NSCAD Board of Governors meeting of January 15, 2015.

There was great progress on several fronts at the meeting of January 15, as governors completed one long term project and began a new one. The new governance structure was also tested, and has proved to make the Board of Governors more efficient and productive. Here are some highlights:

No Risky Business
The Enterprise Risk Management project was rolled out, promising to identify and streamline risk oversight for the University. This effort by all stakeholders will allow NSCAD to confidently move forward with future plans. Meetings will take place throughout the winter term, and the plan is expected to be initiated this summer.

In Committee
It’s been just over a year since the Board of Governors restructured their committees, allowing smaller groups to focus on the research and delving necessary to make good decisions, which in turn allows the Board to consider items with all the information necessary. This framework has been working well, and was exercised when the governors sent the proposed revisions of the Constitution for Academic Council down to the Governance and Human Resource committee for review. A decision on this document has been deferred to the March 26th meeting of the Board.

Framing the Future
The ad hoc Strategic Planning committee was very pleased to present the fruits of their labour to the governors. Their six-page foundation document outlines the direction and focus of the University until 2020, including bold Mission and Vision statements. Understanding that a comprehensive implementation plan is being constructed through the president’s office, the governors unanimously elected to adopt this document as the Strategic Framework. The ad hoc committee having now completed its mandate, the governors offered their thanks and congratulations with a round of applause, and the committee was dissolved.

Recognition of Service
The governors made a motion of thanks to Dr. Kenn Honeychurch, Provost and Vice President Academic and Research, for his longstanding professionalism and dedication to NSCAD University. They offered congratulations on his retirement (as of January 31, 2015) and best wishes for his future endeavours. The governors applauded Dr. Honeychurch as the motion carried.

The next meeting of the NSCAD Board of Governors is scheduled for March 26, 2015.


2014/15 Meetings Schedule

Agendas are set and circulated 7 days prior to each meeting.

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


Board of Governors


January 15, 2015

March 26, 2015

April 23, 2015

May 28, 2015

June 25, 2015



Governance & Human Resources Committee


February 26, 2015

April 2, 2015

June 3, 2015

August, 2015 (TBC)


 Advancement Committee


February 4, 2015

April 15, 2015

June 17, 2015


Financial & Physical Resources Committee


February 24, 2015

March 31, 2015

June 18, 2015

August 2015 (TBC)


 Audit & Risk Management Committee


March 4, 2015

April 8, 2015

June 10, 2015

  All Committees may schedule special meetings as needed.

 Board News


Board Briefs January 2015

Board Briefs November 2014

Board Briefs October 2014

AGM 2014 Review and Reports

Board briefs September 2014

Charting a Path Forward


Margaret and David Fountain give $3 million to NSCAD

NSCAD names new President

Board briefs April 2014

Board briefs  March 2014

Board briefs  February 2014

                       For news items prior to 2014, please go to our Archives
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We are pleased to present NSCAD University’s 2013–2014 Annual Report. The rich texture images throughout the report are inspired by the stirring words made by Margaret Fountain in announcing a $3 million gift for the school. This announcement lifts all of us at NSCAD as we move forward with optimism and pride, having made tremendous strides in just a few years. Read on for the details.