The Durham College (DC) Board of Governors (the Board) comprises 17 members, including 12 external board members (four who are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council), four internal board members, one representing each of the student and support, academic and administrative staff constituencies, and the college president.
The Board is responsible for the governance of the college and, as such, is accountable to the students, employees and communities the college serves to ensure the college is effectively and appropriately managed to achieve its established mandate and provide necessary services.
As outlined in the Ministry Binding Policy Directive on Governance and Accountability, the responsibilities of a college board of governors are to include at a minimum:
- Establishing governance structures to enable the achievement of expected institutional outcomes with clear lines of communication and internal accountability.
- Setting the college vision, strategic direction, and overall goals and outcomes within the context of appropriate laws, government policy, and local need.
- Hiring the CEO (i.e. president), delegating to the CEO accountability for the operation of the college and evaluating the CEO’s performance.
- Approving the college’s annual business plan, budget, and annual report.
- Assessing regularly the attainment by the CEO of corporate goals and outcomes, and the effectiveness of the board with respect to governance.
- Taking appropriate corrective action, as necessary, where expected outcomes or quality of performance are not achieved.