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Governance and Leadership

The University follows a shared governance model. Shared governance includes extensive consultation and respect for a diversity of views, which is reflective of the University’s culture. A number of groups participate at various levels of governance at the University and bring the voice and perspective of the University’s stakeholders to institutional decision-making. Under shared governance, different individuals and groups are given primary authority for decisions within their area of oversight, and collaboration, consultation and cooperation are hallmarks of University decision-making.

These units work together within their roles and accountabilities to govern the University at the highest levels. To learn more about formalized policies and procedures visit:

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors oversees the management and operation of the University’s business and affairs. The Board oversees the development of the overarching strategic direction and policy framework for the University, ensures that the University’s activities are consistent with its mandate, oversees the efficient and effective use of financial and human resources to meet institutional objectives and ensures that institutional risk is appropriately managed. These duties are mainly discharged through oversight of the President and senior officers, who are responsible for the management and day-to-day operation of the University. In this way, the Board assumes responsibility for the stewardship of the University.

The Board is established by the Post-Secondary Learning Act and is a corporation named "The Governors of the University of Calgary".

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General Faculties Council

Subject to the authority of the Board of Governors, General Faculties Council is primarily responsible for the academic affairs of the University. The activity of the Board of Governors and the General Faculties Council is supported by the University Secretariat.

For more information, including a current General Faculties Council membership list, please refer to the University Secretariat website:

The Senate

The Post Secondary Learning Act 2003 states that it is the duty of the Senate to inquire into any matter that might benefit the University and enhance its position in the community.

The Senate also elects the Chancellor and authorizes the conferring of honorary degrees.