Tom Ullyett elected as new chair of Yukon College Board of Governors

Tom UllyettWHITEHORSE, YT—The Yukon College Board of Governors has elected Tom Ullyett as chair. 

The election took place at the September 27 board meeting. Ullyett has two years remaining in his first three-year term as a board member.  

As board chair, Ullyett will help lead the institution through the transition to become Yukon University and the appointment and installation of a new president.

“Tom possesses board and executive leadership experience and has provided a thoughtful perspective to the board this past year. We appreciate his willingness to place his experience in service of Yukon students,” said Dr. Karen Barnes, president and vice- chancellor.  

Ullyett is a long-time Yukoner who worked for the Government of Yukon for over 30 years. He is a senior member of the Yukon Law Society, a former deputy minister for the Department of Justice and a former Public Service Commissioner. He is a past president of the Yukon Branch of the Canadian Bar Association and currently a board member with the Yukon Law Foundation. 

Ullyett instructed at the College from 1998 to 2010 teaching administrative law and was a member of the College’s Northern Institute of Social Justice Governing Council from 2013 to 2018. Since joining the College board in January, he chairs the Human Resources committee and is a member of the Finance, Audit, Risk committee and Presidential Search committee. 

The Yukon College Board of Governors is appointed by the Commissioner in Executive Council for terms not exceeding three years, although appointments can be renewed. The College Act provides for three First Nations members, three Community Campus members, three members-at-large, one staff representative, one student representative, and the College president (non-voting). Board members must reside in Yukon for at least one year prior to their appointment. 

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