Welcome new board members
October 15, 2013

Grant Machum, the chair of the NSCAD Board of Governors, is pleased to welcome three new governors.

John Carruthers is the lead partner for Specialist Advisory Services practice in Atlantic Canada for Grant Thornton LLP.  A chartered accountant who specializes in corporate finance, John will serve as the treasurer of the Board of Governors and as the chair of the Financial and Physical Resources Committee.

John and his wife Jan are active community volunteers in Bedford. They have three sons, Alex, Patrick and Nicholas. He says he’s pleased to be involved with NSCAD at a time when the university is reasserting its place in the community and deciding what it wants to be as it engages on a strategic visioning process.

“This is an active Board and there’s work to be done,” he says. “I’m excited to be a part of that.”

Jeff Somerville first became smitten with Nova Scotia when heading up the TD Bank for the Atlantic Region. When he returned to Toronto, he and his wife Angie resolved to return. In 2000, he left TD to come back to Nova Scotia, becoming the president of Premium Executive Suites. More recently, he became a partner with Venor Search Group, a full service professional and executive recruitment firm serving the Atlantic region. (‘Venor,’ he informs, is Latin for ‘to hunt.’) He also has been a dedicated volunteer with Laing House, an organization advocating for youth living with mental illness.

“I love the size of the community. It’s large enough that it has all the amenities of a big city but it’s small enough that you can get your arms around it,” says Jeff. “I think I saw it with my involvement in Laing House; it’s the kind of place where you can make a difference.”

On the NSCAD Board of Governors, Jeff will chair the Board’s Audit and Risk Oversight Committee.

“I think NSCAD has made some very good progress,” he says. “It’s a treasure, with a world-class reputation and it should be celebrated.”

Mary Elizabeth Luka joins the Board of Governors as one of two NSCAD alumni representatives. A 1997 NSCAD graduate, Mary Elizabeth is a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar and doctoral candidate in Media and Communications at Concordia University. She is also a part-time faculty member at Mount Saint Vincent University and vice-chair of Arts Nova Scotia.

"I love NSCAD and really enjoy being involved with the NSCAD Alumni Association," says Mary Elizabeth. "it's been so satisfying and productive that it made me think maybe I contribute at the board level too. So here I am."

At its last meeting on September 26th, the Board of Governors approved a new governance structure which will result in a more efficient Board of Governors with fewer committees and greater clarity of roles and responsibilities. Instead of seven committees to deal with Board business, there are now four committees: the Audit and Risk Oversight Committee, Governance and Human Resources Committee, the Advancement Committee and Financial and Physical Resources Committee.

In other board-related news, the presidential search committee will resume duties starting this month. As well, Julia Rivard Dexter, who heads the board’s strategic planning initiative, announced that NSCAD has retained Novita Interpares Limited to assist with the strategic planning and visioning process. Consultations with the NSCAD community will begin this fall.

The next meeting of the full Board of Governors is set for October 24.