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Governing Council

Governing Council
Governing Council

Steering U of T to our best possible future

Eight alumni governors share unique leadership skills to help shape U of T’s educational excellence, research priorities and global impact.

The volunteers shaping U of T’s future

Eight volunteer Alumni Governors elected by U of T's College of Electors represent U of T alumni interests on Governing Council, the senior body that oversees the academic, business, and student affairs of the University. Meet our current volunteers and explore how you could help.

Needed: Three Alumni

Are you an alumni member committed to the mission of Canada’s leading institution of learning, discovery, and knowledge creation? Are you looking for a way to make a significant volunteer contribution to the University of Toronto? If so, consider applying for one of three alumni governor seats on the Governing Council, the senior body that oversees the University’s academic, business, and student affairs. 

Collectively and individually, governors are stewards of the University who:

  • support and advance U of T's mission
  • provide relevant input into U of T's vision
  • advise on, oversee, and approve a range of University matters, within the framework of delegated authority

The College of Electors is seeking candidates who:

  • Are inspired to enrich the University with special perspectives, experiences, and connections
  • Will actively participate in the governance of the University
  • Will reflect the diversity of the University’s alumni

Time Commitment:

Members of the Governing Council make a significant time commitment in their volunteer service to the University. This is a minimum of 150 hours per year, but generally is considerably more, depending on the depth to which a governor chooses to contribute to particular issues. Sufficient time must be dedicated in the governor’s first term to become familiar with the University’s governance processes. In addition to serving on the Governing Council, governors typically serve on one or more of its governance bodies.

Regular meetings are scheduled from September to June, usually begin at 4:00 or 5:00 p.m., and continue for about two or two and a half hours. In considering this rewarding volunteer commitment, applicants should take into account the time needed to prepare for and attend a minimum of twelve meetings over the academic year.

How to apply:

  • The application package will be available as of Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 12:00 noon. The deadline to submit an application is Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Each seat is for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2022.
  • Two incumbents are eligible to stand for re-election. One incumbent has reached the maximum service and is not eligible to stand for re-election.
  • To learn more or apply, view the full role description and download the 2019 Alumni Governor application package