Leaner, More Responsive Lakehead Board

(March 2, 2012 – Thunder Bay, ON)  

The Board of Governors at Lakehead University will be smaller in size – and more effective – after members agreed today to reduce their numbers from 30 to 17.

The Board also agreed to reduce the number of committees from 11 to six through strategic consolidation.

“We will be more agile and streamlined,” said Board Chair Colin Bruce. “This is a strategic structural change that will add more value, more transparency and more accountability.”

The move to reduce the number of members and committees comes after a year-long internal review of the Board of Governors’ structure. The recommendations were approved at today’s meeting.

Lakehead University President Brian Stevenson applauded what he calls a “courageous move.”

“Our Board members are responding creatively to the changing demands of University governance,” Stevenson said. “These changes will improve accountability and help the Administration better engage with the Board of Governors.”

Implementation of the changes to the Board’s size and committee structure will begin this September at the Board’s Annual General Meeting. The Board’s ability to carry out its roles and responsibilities will not be affected during the transition.

“With these changes, decisions will be made with greater knowledge, awareness and understanding, leading to greater success in achieving results that support Lakehead University’s strategic direction and vision,” Bruce said.

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For more information, please contact Kellie Hudson, Media Relations Director, at 807-343-8148 or khudson@lakeheadu.ca.


About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. Over 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards.

Last updated March 05, 2012

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