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Board of Governors Meeting Summary:
Thursday, March 23, 2017

To all Members of the Carleton Community,

This is an update from tonight’s Board of Governors meeting.

Board of Governors Approves Ancillary Budgets for 2017’18

2017’18 Ancillary Budgets

The 2017’18 ancillary budgets were approved. Ed Kane, assistant vice-president (University Services), provided background on the budgets for Physical Recreation and Athletics, the Bookstore, Health and Counselling Services, Housing and Residence Life, Conference Services and Dining Services, Parking Services, the University Centre, the Print Shop, Ancillary Property Rentals and the Ancillary Capital Fund. Ancillary units are expected to break even over time after covering all direct and indirect costs. The budget analysis confirmed that the 2017-18 proposed budgets will generate a surplus that will be applied towards outstanding loans and deferred maintenance.

Report from the Chair

Dr. Chris Carruthers, chair of the board, provided an update on the province’s executive compensation framework and new comparator metrics now available from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.

Report from the President

President Runte provided an overview of the process to renew the university’s Strategic Mandate Agreement with the province. The presentation covered possible changes in funding with an impact on new programs and increased emphasis on metrics. She emphasized that partnerships and clusters will be most important in the future.

The president also provided updates on the 2017 federal budget, the success of the women’s and men’s Ravens varsity basketball teams, the Sprott students’ gold medal success at the recent international case competition in Finland.

Internationalization at Carleton

Pauline Rankin, associate vice-president (Research and International) and Jerry Tomberlin, dean of the Sprott School of Business, Fred Afagh, acting dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Design, provided an update on internationalization at Carleton. The overview included a description of Carleton’s international ecosystem; international strategic objectives; benchmarking recommendations; international research, recruitment and programs; Sprott’s international activities; and international graduate programs in the Faculty of Engineering and Design.

Approval of Board of Governor Members on University Secretary Search:

Approval was given to the Board composition on the search committee for the University Secretary including Board members Chris Carruthers (chair), Bob Wener, Ken Evans and the president. Additional members will be added to the committee.

Committee Reports

The Building Committee report noted that the ARISE building project is within the approved funding envelope.

The Community Relations and Advancement Committee highlighted the outcomes of the recent Talk Exchange forum which brought together students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors to talk about Carleton’s future. A report is being prepared for the committee and will be shared with the Board and the university community.

The Governance Committee highlighted that in May it will be reviewing a series of appointment guidelines that are up for mandatory review.

Upcoming Meeting

The next Board of Governors meeting is scheduled for April 24, 2017.

Dr. Chris Carruthers
Chair, Carleton University Board of Governors


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