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From the Board of Governors meeting of March 31, 2016

On Solid Footing With a Balanced Budget

NSCAD University’s Board of Governors approved a balanced operating budget for 2016-17. The balanced budget represents several years of solid, steady progress and a commitment to sustainability as laid out in NSCAD’s Framework for Sustainability. It also delivers on the expectations of both the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education and the NSCAD Board of Governors.

Towards Realizing NSCAD’s Bold Vision

The board approved a direction recommended by NSCAD President Dianne Taylor-Gearing in her President’s Report. As expressed in NSCAD’s 2015-2020 Strategic Framework, the university is focused on a sustained period of growth, vibrancy and prosperity. At the meeting, the Board received the NSCAD University Facilities Planning and Space Study Final Report, as prepared by Lydon Lynch Architects. The consultants have been working with NSCAD faculty and staff throughout the winter on a functional space program, focusing on space and facilities needs for every department of the university. A decision was made last fall (2015) to plan for the transition from NSCAD’s historic downtown campus by 2019, with one option being the intensification of NSCAD’s two other sites, the Academy Building and the Port Campus, a leased facility. While intensification remains an important focus, the board has also determined the more immediate priority is to develop feasibility plans that explore opportunities to collaborate with other cultural sector partners in the province. Key to realizing this new and bold vision will be in taking the time to confirm that NSCAD is able to ensure long term sustainability and contribute fully to a thriving cultural economy – something that benefits all Nova Scotians.

Interim Vice-Chair

Robert (Rob) Cameron was appointed to the position of Interim Vice-Chair of NSCAD Board of Governors.  The appointment will be effective March 31, 2016 to September 2016. 


In the Summer of 2015, a consultant was engaged to complete a review of all of NSCAD’s policies and determine where there were gaps. A Policy Framework was developed which was approved by the Board of Governors in September 2015. 

At the March 31st meeting, the Board received and approved sixteen policies where the approval authority under the Policy Framework is the Board of Governors.  The Board received for information purposes only an additional twelve policies. 

NSCAD’s Governance Office will announce the issuance of all twenty-eight policies.

Thank You

The NSCAD Board of Governors thanked Gabriel Soligo and Julie Hall, SUNSCAD representatives for their service and commitment to the Board of Governors over the last year.  The Board commended Mr. Soligo and Ms. Hall for their commitment and professionalism.    

The next meeting of the Board of Governors is scheduled for May 12, 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


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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.