Board of Governors

The Board of Governors acts on behalf of the public. As representatives from both the University and community, their role is to set and govern the University's mission and strategic plan. The Board is empowered by the Yukon University Act.

Board Members

Jocelyn Curteanu

Jocelyn Curteanu
Member at Large
Term Ends: June 11, 2021

Carol Geddes

Carol Geddes
Teslin
First Nations Rep
Term Ends: December 01, 2021

Chris Milner

Chris Milner
Whitehorse
Member at Large
Term Ends: June 22, 2020

Judy Gingell

Judy Gingell
Whitehorse
First Nations Rep
Term Ends: May 24, 2020

Shawn Allen

Vacant
Community Campus Committee Rep

Dr. Maggie Matear

Dr. Maggie Matear
Whitehorse
Interim President (non voting member)

Shawn Allen

Vacant
Faculty Rep

Vera Holmes

Vera Holmes
Vice Chair
Dawson
Community Campus Committee Rep
Term Ends: May 05, 2021

Eric Kim

Eric Jun Hyeok Kim
Student Rep
Term Ends: January 17, 2021

Shawn Allen

Vacant
Community Campus Committee Rep

Tom Ullyett

Tom Ullyett
Member at Large
Term Ends: February 6, 2023

Vacant

Kathleen Van Bibber
First Nations Rep
Term Ends: May 1, 2021

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David Morrison
Board Chair
Term ends February 6, 2023

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Joel Cubley
Senate Representative
Term ends April 14, 2023

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Jennifer Harkes
Staff Representative
Term ends March 12, 2023

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Jason Bilsky
Public Representative
Term ends June 4, 2023

How to become a board member
University Act

Nomination to Yukon University Board of Governors: The provisions in the University Act provide for:

The Board of Governors consisting of 17 voting members as follows:

  1. the chancellor;
  2. the president;
  3. ten persons who are appointed by the Commissioner in Executive Council
    • at least three of whom must be appointed from among persons nominated by at least one Yukon First Nation, and
    • at least three of whom must reside outside Whitehorse, each in a different community;
  4. one member of the senate who is elected by the members of the senate;
  5. one faculty member who is elected by the faculty members;
  6. one employee of the university who is elected by and from employees of the university who are not faculty members;
  7. one student who is elected by and from undergraduate students and graduate students, if any;
  8. one person who is elected by the members referred to in paragraphs (a) to (g), and who is not a student or an employee or officer of the university.

In appointing members of the board under (c), the Commissioner in Executive Council must make a reasonable effort to ensure that the membership of the board reflects the cultural, regional and gender diversity of Yukon.

The Commissioner in Executive Council appoints Board members for terms not exceeding 3 years, although appointments may be renewed.

Board members who are elected under (d), (e), (f) and (h) hold office for a term of 3 years, although may be renewed.

The student who is elected by and from undergraduate students and graduate students holds office for a term of one year.

Time commitment

(pending changes under legislation)

  • The Board normally meets in Whitehorse once each month, excluding January, July and August
  • Two or three hours are normally needed to prepare for each Board meeting
  • Additional time may be required to attend University functions
  • It is expected that most Board members sit on a at least one Board committee
Board composition, personal attributes and competencies

    The individuals who make up the Board of Governors should collectively have the necessary personal attributes and competencies required to:

    • Add value and provide support to management in establishing strategy and reviewing risks and opportunities
    • Effectively monitor the performance of management
    • Account for the performance of Yukon University
    • Bring to the deliberations the wide diversity of Yukon cultural, economic and social perspective
    • Contribute to the overall image of Yukon University

    Personal Attributes

    All members of the Board of Governors should possess the following personal attributes:

    • High ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings
    • Good business judgment
    • Appreciation of the responsibilities to the public
    • Able and willing to raise potentially controversial issues in a manner that encourages dialogue
    • Flexible, responsive and willing to consider others opinions
    • Capable of a wide perspective on issues
    • Ability to listen and work as a team member
    • No direct or indirect conflict of interest
    • Strong reasoning and advocacy skills
    • Able and willing to fulfill time commitments required to carry out responsibilities

    Competencies Collectively, the Board should comprise the following core competencies:

    • Strategic management and organizational change
    • Internal control and accounting
    • Labour relations
    • Risk management
    • Financial expertise
    • Legal expertise
    • Experience/knowledge/expertise in post-secondary education
    • Knowledge of government and public sector environments
    • Knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting Yukon University
    • Knowledge of the extensive geography of Yukon
    • Credibility with the wide diversity of interests from within Yukon
    • Previous Board experience
    • Knowledge, experience and familiarity with Yukon First Nations' issues, culture, traditions and land claims and self-government agreements

     

    Within the context of the Board Composition, Personal Attributes and Competencies, consideration must be given to the diversity of gender, cultural heritage and knowledge of the communities served by Yukon University

    Benefits of board membership
    • Opportunities to develop skills through Board training sessions and attendance at workshops and conferences
    • One tuition-free University course per year
    • An honorarium and travel expenses for attending Board meetings
    • Complimentary library card
    Appointment process

    The Commissioner in Executive Council appoints Board members for terms not exceeding 3 years, although appointments may be renewed.

    For more information about the appointment process, check out www.eco.gov.yk.ca/yukon-college-board-governors.html

    Board Policies

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    BOG 00.0

    Board of Governors Bylaws

    Bylaws for the Yukon University Board of Governors.
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    BOG 00.0 - Board of Governors Bylaws
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    BOG 01.0

    Yukon University Board Responsibilities

    The Board will focus on overall direction, policy and performance of the University, and delegate to the President the responsibility for management.
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    BOG 01.0 - Yukon University Board Responsibilities
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    BOG 02.0

    Board Member Responsibilities

    An effective Board of Governors is composed of dedicated, knowledgeable Board members. This policy outlines member responsibilities.
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    BOG 02.0 - Board Member Responsibilities Policy
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    BOG 03.0

    Yukon University President Responsibilities

    The President is accountable to the Board. The Board instructs through written policies and delegates implementation to the President. The responsibilities of the President are to be consistent with the legislation, job description, and as outlined in Board Policy. Permalink
    BOG 04.0

    Board/Board Member Protocol

    Yukon University Board members are expected to be representatives of the University and responsive to the needs of Yukoners.
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    BOG 04.0 - Board/Board Member Protocol Policy
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    BOG 05.0

    Code of Conduct

    The Board of Governors commits itself and its members to the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct, in which their actions and behaviors uphold the principles of integrity, respect, and accountability.
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    BOG 05.0 - Code of Conduct Policy
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    BOG 06.0

    Board Governance

    The Board’s Governance Committee is established with the purpose of carrying out regular reviews of Board policies.
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    BOG 06.0 - Board Governance Policy
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    BOG 07.0

    Monitoring President's Performance

    The primary purpose of performance evaluation is to improve employee competence and effectiveness.
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    BOG 07.0 - Monitoring President's Performance Policy
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    BOG 08.0

    Monitoring Board Performance

    The Board has a responsibility to hold itself accountable for the overall performance of its responsibilities and to evaluate its effectiveness.
    In a positive, constructive environment Board members will provide information to the Board Chair for the purpose of identifying actions to improve individual Board member performance and to improve the performance of the Board.
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    BOG 08.0 - Monitoring Board Performance
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    BOG 09.0

    Financial Accountability and Risk Management

    The Yukon University Board Responsibilities policy states that the Board will focus on overall direction, policy and performance of the University. The Finance, Audit and Risk Committee assists the Board with these responsibilities as required. Permalink
    BOG 10.0

    Community Campus Committee Relationship

    The board recognizes and respects the importance of the Community Campus Committees in assisting the board with community linkage. Permalink
    BOG 11.0

    Investment in Governance

    The Board will invest in its governance capacity. The Yukon University Board of Governors budget and spending will be based on demonstrated trusteeship needs and the outcomes evaluated.
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    BOG 11.0 - Investment in Governance Policy
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    BOG 13.0

    Human Resources

    Yukon University is committed to Human Resource practices that reflect the values of the institution. The Human Resources Committee is a Standing Committee of the Yukon University Board of Governors that ensures the University adhere to these values while delivering Human Resources services that conform to current Human Resource practice and principles of labour and employment law.

    The key outcome for the Committee is that the Board of Governors is kept apprised of any policy changes related to Human Resources; as well as succession planning and executive compensation.
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    BOG 13.0 - Human Resources policy
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    BOG 14.0

    Annual Planning Cycle

    Outlines the procedures for the Board of Governors' annual planning.
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    BOG 14.0 - Annual Planning Cycle Policy
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    BOG 15.0

    Credit Program Tuition Fee Adjustment

    The Board will establish, authorize, communicate and review tuition fees for credit programs in a consistent, transparent and accountable manner. Permalink
    BOG 16.0

    Board Relationship with Governing Councils

    Yukon University is committed to the inclusion of community members and stakeholders in decisions relating to programming and research services. Permalink
    BOG 17.0

    Board Member Selection Process

    The Board of Governors utilizes a strategic process for recommending candidates to the Minister of Education for appointment to the Yukon University Board.
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    BOG 17.0 - Board Member Selection Process Policy
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    BOG 18.0

    Service Recognition

    Board Members who have resigned or whose terms of service have expired resulting in retirement shall be formally acknowledged for their service to the Board of Governors.
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    BOG 18.0 - Service Recognition Policy
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    BOG 19.0

    Naming

    Yukon University may name facilities and academic entities to recognize support that it has accepted from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations, (“philanthropic naming” and “sponsorship naming”) and honour legacy contributions from individuals who have had a pivotal impact on the history and evolution of the institution (“honorific naming”).
    The naming opportunity will coincide with a new or renovated facility, when possible.
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    BOG 19.0 - Naming Policy
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    BOG 20.0

    Presidents Emeriti

    Yukon University seeks to foster an active and ongoing relationship with former University presidents who have retired in good standing. Maintaining such relationships allows the University to benefit from the ongoing contributions of a former president and allows the former president to use the institution’s name in connection with ongoing community and academic endeavors.
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    BOG 20.0 - Presidents Emeriti Policy
    BOG 20.1 - Presidents Emeriti Procedures
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