Expression of Thanks

On behalf of the NSCAD Board of Governors, I express my sincere thanks to our outgoing President.

Since arriving at NSCAD University in January 2012 as the Province’s facilitator, Dr. Daniel O’Brien later agreed to stay as President, assuming the role in May 2012. In all his dealings, he has brought a high degree of integrity, transparency and trust to NSCAD and how we operate. He has led us to a place of success and new hope.  While describing himself as an “outsider,” he has been a tireless advocate for the University, its students and those who work here. He so often expressed his amazement at the accomplishments of our faculty and alumni, remarking that he never had a shortage of “talking points.” He even became a student during his tenure, taking a class on the art of the 19th century with Professor David Howard.

In his 27 months as President of NSCAD, Dr. O'Brien achieved two three-year contracts with faculty and technician unions, played a key role in the 125 Anniversary celebrations and supported and attended every special event: I AM NSCAD, Starfish Student Art Awards, Artist for a Day, Dine by Design and ROAR: An Art Auction.

He was also instrumental in a comprehensive overhaul of the Board of Governance structure, completion of the ECS Space Study and the ATN Affiliation Study, and the dramatic reduction of NSCAD's operating deficit. It is hard to imagine anyone else making such an impact in such a short, concentrated period of time.

In accepting the job of President, Dr. O'Brien's aim was to make NSCAD better than the way he found it. he accomplished that, and indeed much more.

NSCAD is deeply grateful for Dr. O'Brien's wise, steady and fiesty guidance. We wish him all the best in his next presidential post

Grant Machum
Chair, NSCAD Board of Governors

A Warm Welcome

On behalf of the Board of Governors, I am delighted to welcome Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing to NSCAD University. In her role as President, she becomes our 21st leader, and comes to us in a time of renewal and rejuvenation. As we continue to improve our financial situation and finalize a new Strategic Re-Visioning Plan, Dianne's known team-building approach will ensure we all move forward together. She has substantial experience with providing guidance in times of change, and I am sure we are in the right hands for our continued improvement.

As an art educator, fashion designer and seasoned administrator, Dianne has substantial experience working with independent arts institutions in the UK, United States and Canada. We on the Board are excited to work with her.

Grant Machum
Chair, NSCAD Board of Governors.


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.


 Board of Governors

 September 25, 2014

Annual General Meeting

October 23, 2014

November 27, 2014

January 15, 2015

March 26, 2015

April 23, 2015

May 28, 2015

June 25, 2015



Governance & Human Resources Committee


October 9, 2014

February 11, 2015

April 2, 2015

June 3, 2015

August, 2015 (TBC)


 Advancement Committee


September 17, 2014

November 5, 2014 

February 4, 2015

April 15, 2015

June 17, 2015


Financial & Physical Resources Committee


October 28, 2014

February 24, 2015

March 31, 2015

June 16, 2015

August 2015 (TBC)


 Audit & Risk Management Committee


September 10, 2014

November 12, 2014

March 4, 2015

April 8, 2015

June 10, 2015

  All Committees may schedule special meetings as needed.

 Board News


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


Welcome to New Board Members Sept 2013

Dr. O'Brien stays as NSCAD President

Board briefs  May 2013

Board briefs  March 2013

The NSCAD response February 2013

Board briefs February 2013

                       For news items prior to 2013, please go to our Archives
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