It is time to vote for the non-academic nominee to the Board of Governors

Board of Governors of York University
Board of Governors of York University

All full-time non-academic employees are eligible to cast a ballot for the non-academic employee nominee to the Board of Governors. The nominee will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2023. 

Voting will be conducted by e-vote  and opens on June 7 at 1 p.m. and closes on June 11 at 5 p.m.

The nominees and their personal statements can be found at:  https://secretariat.info.yorku.ca/files/Non-AcademicNominees2021.pdf?x22968.

Board of Governors: Call for Nominations, Non-Academic Employees

Board of Governors of York University
Board of Governors of York University

Notice is hereby given that an election will be held to nominate a full-time non-academic employee to a position on the Board of Governors.

Eligibility and membership requirements

Nominations are invited of non-academic employees who are appointed and working in full-time positions at the University as defined by the YUSA (Unit 1), CUPE (Local 1356 and 1356-1) and IUOE collective agreements, and the CPM employment framework.  Nominees must also have a record of at least five years of service as a full-time non-academic employee at the University. Employees who are members of a certified bargaining unit or employee association may not serve as an officer or other official of their bargaining agent or employee association during their term on the Board of Governors. All members of the Board of Governors are required to sign a conflict of interest and confidentiality undertaking and to abide by the Board’s Policy on Conflict of Interest. The term of office is two years, beginning on July 1, 2021.

Nomination process

Nominations must be supported by the signatures of ten nominators who are also full-time non-academic employees. Because a special majority (two‑thirds) of the members of the Board of Governors must be Canadian citizens, candidates are required to submit proof of citizenship. Nominations open at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 11 and will close at 12 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, May 25 by which time all complete nominations (to include nomination form, signatures of 10 nominators, proof of citizenship, photo and statement of intent) must be received by the University Secretariat via email to Elaine MacRae at emacrae@yorku.ca.

Balloting procedures

Balloting will be conducted by e-vote (evote.yorku.ca).   Voting will open at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 7 and close at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 11.

The Board of Governors

The Board of Governors consists of 30 members, the President and the Chancellor. The Board membership includes two members nominated by Senate; two student members nominated by students, two non-academic employee members nominated by this process, and two alumni members nominated by the alumni board.   The remaining Board members are appointed from the external community and reflect a broad range of backgrounds and expertise. The Board conducts its work through a number of standing committees.   The Board meets at least five times each year.

Documentation and additional information

For nomination forms and further information about the Board and the staff nominations process, please go to: http://secretariat.info.yorku.ca/board-of-governors/nominations-to-the-board-of-governors/.

A message from the Board of Governors Chair: President Lenton reappointed for second five-year term

Rhonda L. Lenton

The following is an important message to students, faculty and staff at York University from Board of Governors Chair Paul Tsaparis:

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Dear York Community,

Paul Tsaparis
Paul Tsaparis

On behalf of the University’s Board of Governors, I am pleased to share the news that President Rhonda Lenton has been re-appointed to a five-year term beginning July 1, 2022. President Lenton became York’s eighth president and vice-chancellor on July 1, 2017 and is currently serving the fourth year of her first term. Her vision for positive change is foundational to the University’s ongoing success, and her leadership has inspired community members to live our values while embracing our motto: Tentanda via – The way must be tried.

President Lenton is a thoughtful leader deeply committed to advancing York’s progressive values, and throughout the ongoing global pandemic, she has led the University with empathy, clarity of purpose and courage. During her first term, she has articulated a clear and differentiated vision for York that informed the 2020-2025 Academic Plan: Building a Better Future. Her consequential achievements to date include: the creation of a new Division of Equity, People and Culture, the expansion of diverse and innovative research and academic collaborations, delivered balanced budgets, securing support for York’s Markham Centre Campus, and a new Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change was approved in 2020. York’s growing international recognition, supported by an Internationalization and Global Engagement Strategy, has helped the University secure a global top 75 spot in the Times Higher Education Impact Ranking for three years running.

Rhonda L. Lenton
Rhonda L. Lenton

President Lenton has been a community-engaged president, introducing and participating in an unprecedented number of community and stakeholder consultation meetings, hosting interactive President’s Townhalls, and launching the University’s first (now annual) pre-budget consultation process in 2018. Many of York’s impressive recent achievements are captured in the President’s annual report Creating Positive Change and I encourage you to read it.

The president’s re-appointment follows a rigorous and consultative process that was conducted by the University Secretariat in accordance with the York University Act (1965) and the Procedures Governing the Renewal of the Presidential Term. I was pleased to see such strong support for her renewal from many colleagues throughout the process.

As we find ourselves looking ahead to a very bright future, the Board has full confidence that President Lenton is the best person to meet the moment and create new opportunities.

Sincerely,

Paul Tsaparis
Chair, Board of Governors


Message du conseil d’administration au sujet du renouvellement de la présidente de l’Université

Chers membres de la communauté de York,

Paul Tsaparis
Paul Tsaparis

Au nom du conseil d’administration de l’Université, j’ai le plaisir de vous annoncer que la présidente Rhonda Lenton a été reconduite dans ses fonctions pour un mandat de cinq ans à compter du 1er juillet 2022. Le 1er juillet 2017, la présidente Lenton est devenue la huitième présidente et vice-chancelière de York et elle exerce actuellement la quatrième année de son premier mandat. Sa vision du changement positif est essentielle à notre succès et son leadership a inspiré les membres de la communauté à mettre en pratique les valeurs de l’Université et sa devise : Tentanda via : Ouvrir des voies nouvelles.

La présidente Lenton est une dirigeante réfléchie et résolument engagée dans la promotion des valeurs progressistes de York. Tout au long de la pandémie mondiale actuelle, elle a dirigé l’Université avec empathie, lucidité et courage. Durant son premier mandat, elle a développé une vision claire et différenciée pour York qui a inspiré le Plan académique 2020-2025 : Bâtir un avenir meilleur. Parmi ses réalisations majeures à ce jour, mentionnons la création de la nouvelle Division de l’équité, des personnes et de la culture, l’expansion de collaborations universitaires et de recherche diverses et novatrices, le bouclage de budgets équilibrés, l’obtention de soutiens pour le campus Markham Centre et l’approbation de la nouvelle Faculté de changements environnementaux et urbains en 2020. La reconnaissance internationale croissante de York, appuyée par une stratégie d’internationalisation et d’engagement a permis à l’Université de se classer parmi les 75 premières au monde au palmarès Times Higher Education en matière d’impact, et ce, pendant trois années consécutives.

Rhonda L. Lenton
Rhonda L. Lenton

La présidente Lenton s’investit dans la communauté. Elle a tenu de multiples conversations interactives avec les membres de la communauté et d’autres parties intéressées. En 2018, elle a mis en œuvre le premier processus (désormais annuel) de consultation prébudgétaire de l’Université. Plusieurs réalisations récentes de York dignes de mention figurent dans le rapport annuel de la présidente intitulé « Creating Positive Change » que je vous encourage à parcourir.

Le renouvellement du mandat de la présidente est l’aboutissement d’un processus consultatif rigoureux mené par le Secrétariat de l’Université conformément à la Charte de l’Université York (1965) et aux Procédures régissant le renouvellement du mandat présidentiel. J’ai été heureux de constater le fervent soutien en faveur de son renouvellement de la part de nombreux collègues tout au long de ce processus.

Alors que nous nous tournons vers un avenir prometteur, le conseil d’administration de l’Université est convaincu que la présidente Lenton est la personne la mieux placée pour répondre aux exigences de la situation et créer de nouvelles possibilités.

Veuillez agréer mes sincères salutations,

Paul Tsaparis
président du conseil d’administration de l’Université

Nomination period extended for graduate/professional student nominations to Board of Governors

People walk through Vari Hall, which is located on York U's Keele campus
People walk through Vari Hall, which is located on York U’s Keele campus

The Student Senator Caucus (SSC) oversees nominations for student members for the Board of Governors and makes a recommendation to them based upon the election results. The election of student governors rotates annually between undergraduate and graduate/professional students. The Board of Governors appoints its members. The Student Senator Caucus is responsible for nominating those members, and in practice has done so through an election.

This year, the SSC has appointed Issa Abdi Jamaa as chief returning officer and Dylan Gruspier as deputy returning officer. Following the election results, SSC will confirm the results and recommend to the board that the candidate with the highest vote total be appointed to the board. This year SSC is accepting nominations for graduate/professional student nominees. Nominations opened Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 9 a.m. The extended deadline for nominations is March 12 at 12 p.m. No late or incomplete forms will be accepted.

For more information, including nomination forms, election rules, regulations and important dates, visit the Secretariat’s website or contact Elaine MacRae at emacrae@yorku.ca.

Nomination period extended: Call for graduate/professional student nominations to the Board of Governors

campus winter vignette
campus winter vignette

The nomination period has been extended to March 12 at 12 p.m. (Noon).

The Student Senator Caucus (SSC) oversees nominations for student members for the Board of Governors and makes a recommendation to them based upon the election results. The election of student governors rotates annually between undergraduate and graduate/professional students. The Board of Governors appoints its members. The Student Senator Caucus is responsible for nominating those members, and in practice has done so through an election.

This year, the SSC has appointed Issa Abdi Jamaa as chief returning officer and Dylan Gruspier as deputy returning officer. Following the election results, SSC will confirm the results and recommend to the board that the candidate with the highest vote total be appointed to the board. This year SSC is accepting nominations for graduate/professional student nominees. Nominations opened Feb. 23 at 9 a.m. The extended deadline for nominations is March 12 at 12 p.m. No late or incomplete forms will be accepted.

For more information, including nomination forms, election rules, regulations and important dates, visit the Secretariat’s website or contact Elaine MacRae at emacrae@yorku.ca.

Call for Nominations: The Robert Everett Exceptional Leadership in Student Governance Award 2021

Vari Hall
Vari Hall

Do you know a York student actively engaged in governance life, whose efforts and contributions are making a difference at the University? The Robert Everett Exceptional Leadership in Student Governance Award recognizes and celebrates these students and their impact on governance at York University. Established in 2018, this award is named in honour of Robert Everett, a distinguished Senior Assistant Secretary of the University, who made extraordinary contributions supporting University governance for three decades.

Robert Everett
Robert Everett

All members of the University community are encouraged to submit nominations for this award; self-nominations are not permitted. Nominees must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students with an active registration in a University program who have:

  • actively and constructively participated in University governance at the Senate, Board of Governors and / or Faculty Council levels,
  • embodied a strong spirit of collegiality, inclusiveness and commitment in their approach to governance,
  • exhibited leadership in performing the duties of their role, and
  • made meaningful contributions to governance as a student.

Recipients of the award will have a notation included on their transcript, receive a certificate and have their name included on a plaque placed in the Dr. Robert Everett Senate Chamber. They will also be honoured at the 2021 Student Awards virtual reception hosted by the Division of Students. 

Nomination packages must include:

  • A completed Nomination Form
  • 1 to 2-page nomination letter that speaks to:
    • the nominee’s willingness to assume leadership in governance activities;
    • the amount of effort expended, particularly that beyond normal expectations of the role;
    • the quality of effort made (intensity, extensiveness, complexity);
    • the impact made, attributable to the nominee’s efforts;
    • the collegial and inclusive approach taken in collaborations; and
    • the commitment taken to foster student perspectives to help shape University decisions.
  • Up to 3 additional reference letters (no more than 2 pages each) should be included in the package, and at least one of the letters must be from a current York University student.

The nomination package deadline is Friday, March 26. Submissions must be completed online: https://univsec.apps01.yorku.ca/forms/view.php?id=22532.

Questions related to The Robert Everett Exceptional Leadership in Student Governance Award, may be forwarded to the University Secretariat at underhil@yorku.ca.

More information about the award can be found on the Secretariat website at: https://secretariat.info.yorku.ca/the-robert-everett-exceptional-leadership-in-student-governance-award/.

Three students receive the Robert Everett Exceptional Leadership in Student Governance Award

Bob Everett
Bob Everett speaking at a University event

In honour of Robert Everett, a distinguished senior assistant secretary of the University who made extraordinary contributions supporting University governance for nearly three decades, President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton established in 2018 the Robert Everett Exceptional Leadership in Student Governance Award to recognize and celebrate students and their impact on governance at York University.

Robert Everett

The student recipients are: Kimiko Clark, undergraduate, Multidisciplinary Studies (Environmental and Health Studies), Glendon Campus; Michelle Cobblah, undergraduate, Economics and International Development Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies; student senator; and, Moboluwajidide (Bo) Joseph, undergraduate, Communications and Creative Writing, Glendon Campus.

Clark was recognized for her passion, leadership, collegiality and inclusiveness, which her nominators stated were the hallmarks of her approach to student governance. In particular, they referenced her contributions to governance at Glendon, which were described as significant and lasting, including securing broad engagement of students and stakeholders in Faculty Council and Student Caucus, and the establishment of a process and a structure that brought representation of Indigenous students on Student Caucus. Particularly noteworthy to the panel considering Clark’s nomination was her role in actively striving to bring all voices and views to the table to foster full and fair deliberations to reach a better decision. Glendon faculty members were struck by her dedication to governance, as she served several roles and secured students to fill every seat on Faculty Council and its committees. Glendon students also wrote with equal praise of the mentoring Clark provided to ensure robust student governance carries on at Glendon.

Cobblah’s nominators spoke of her deep dedication, collegiality, respect and compassion, which they say is at the heart of her approach to student governance. They praised her contributions to the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Senate and the University, which they said have been significant and lasting. Key among her achievements cited in the nomination was the revitalization of the Student Council of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (SCOLAPS) under her presidency, and her work to secure robust student participation on Faculty Council committees. Cobblah was also praised for pioneering the inaugural SCOLAPS-sponsored Mental Health Week to support students’ needs. The panel considering her nomination was struck by her selfless dedication to governance activities, not only in serving in many roles herself, but also in facilitating constructive relationships with College Councils and external partners to enhance student engagement and the quality of experience for all involved.

Joseph was recognized for his deep commitment to collegiality, inclusivity and diplomacy in his governance roles at Glendon. Nominators wrote of his contributions to governance at Glendon and the University, which they describe as being significant and influential. Through his leadership exhibited on the principal’s search committee, as the Glendon director for the York Federation of Students, and as a member of Faculty Council and its Policy, Planning and Nominations Committee, Joseph provided an influential and eloquent voice. He brought the student perspective to bear on complex governance matters. He was described as an exemplary ambassador of York who is “making a difference for the best … that will continue for years to come.”

All of this year’s nominees exhibited incredible dedication to supporting governance at the University. All three of these student recipients stood out for their passion, leadership, collegiality and inclusiveness, and their significant and lasting contributions to governance, which perfectly embody the spirit of this award. The members of the University Secretariat and the Senate of York University extend congratulations to these exceptional students. Their names will be added to the Student Award plaques in the Vari Hall rotunda.