|Incoming board chair Jeff Somerville with outgoing chair Grant Machum after the Board of Governors' AGM on September 17. |
It’s a new academic year, a fresh start for NSCAD University.
The NSCAD Board of Governors held a double-header last night: the last meeting of its term, followed by the Annual General Meeting.
New roles were assigned, appointments renewed, with new governors stepping up and others stepping down.
Jeff Somerville, on the board for the past two years and chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, becomes board chair, while Grant Machum becomes past chair. Other executives of the board include Julia Rivard-Dexter, vice chair; John Carruthers, treasurer, and Kim Knoll, secretary.
“I see NSCAD as central to the creative and cultural economy in Nova Scotia,” says Mr. Somerville, a consultant with the Venor Group, an executive search company. “It’s got such great bones, and by that I mean its reputation, its students, staff, faculty and alumni and the respect it has. I look forward to the opportunity to participate in making NSCAD even stronger.”
Joining the NSCAD board are Greg Bambury of Medavie Inc., Gary Edwards, president of the Edwards Family Charitable Foundation and drummer with The Hopping Penguins, and student representatives Gabriel Soligo, SUNSCAD president, and Julie Hall, SUNSCAD VP Finance. Rebecca Young, University Librarian, and Rudi Meyer, Associate Professor, Design, are the new faculty reps as Professors Matthew Reichertz and Jane Milton have completed their one-year terms.
Past secretary Margaret Fountain retires from the board after more than 15 years of service to NSCAD University. The long-serving governor is also one of NSCAD’s most generous. Last summer, Margaret and David Fountain made a $3-million gift to NSCAD.
“It’s been a great pleasure and privilege to be on this board,” said Mrs. Fountain, who was appointed Life Governor. “We have the best president now and I wanted to wait (to retire) until we had the right president.”
During its Annual General Meeting, the NSCAD Board of Governors took time to express their appreciation and passed the following motions of thanks.
- To the Students of NSCAD and SUNSCAD. Moved by Jeff Somerville:
I move that the NSCAD Board of Governors offer thanks to the Students of NSCAD for choosing NSCAD University, and for contributing to our community. I further move that the Board extends thanks to SUNSCAD, for their leadership role in representing and supporting the student body. We appreciate their dedication, hard work and spirit of working together for the benefit of the NSCAD Community.
Seconded by Ross Cantwell.
- To the Faculty of NSCAD. Moved by Matthew MacLellan:
I move that the NSCAD Board of Governors offer Thanks to the esteemed Faculty of NSCAD for providing an academic experience without equal, and for their continued dedication and support of NSCAD University.
Seconded by Louise-Anne Comeau.
- To the Staff of NSCAD. Moved by Alan MacPherson:
I move that the NSCAD Board of Governors offer Thanks to the Staff of NSCAD for their diligence and loyalty. The Board recognizes that the gains of the past years could not have been made without the contribution of this outstanding staff.
Seconded by Jane Milton.
- To NSCAD Alumni and the Alumni Association. Moved by Gabriel Soligo:
I move that the NSCAD Board of Governors offer Thanks to the Alumni of NSCAD and the Alumni Association for their unwavering support of NSCAD University and their strong voice and leadership in our community.
Seconded by Matthew MacLellan.
- To our Donors. Moved by Julie Hall:
I move that the NSCAD Board of Governors offer Thanks to our many donors. These donations continue to make it possible for NSCAD University to provide a student experience beyond compare.
Seconded by Elizabeth Currie.
- To the Government of Nova Scotia. Moved by Jeff Somerville:
I move that the NSCAD Board of Governors offer Thanks to the Government of Nova Scotia for their considered and continued support of post-secondary education and NSCAD University.
Seconded by Rob Cameron.
- To the Community at Large. Moved by Dianne Taylor-Gearing:
I move that the NSCAD Board of Governors offer Thanks to our Community of Halifax and Nova Scotia for their abiding support and interest in the success of NSCAD University.
Seconded by Ian Austen.
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