"I served as a student rep on the Board of Governors. I have learned so much about the policies and decision-making processes that guide a large organization like UFV. This is a great opportunity to learn leadership skills and to network with student leaders, faculty, staff, and also out to community leaders." - former student memberWhat past members say
Explore the topics below to learn about membership on the Board of Governors, the Senate, and Senate's standing committees.
On the Board of Governors, there are two student positions, two faculty positions, and one staff position.
On the Senate, there are four student positions, two faculty positions from each faculty, and two staff positions. For a full list of Senate's composition, click below.
For Board and Senate vacancies, a call for nominations is posted around all UFV campuses and on myUFV announcements, with instructions on how to apply.
If only one nomination is received for a vacancy, that person is acclaimed to the postion; if not, then it proceeds to an election. Once acclaimed or elected, new members receive an orientation and are introduced to their roles and responsibilities.
Students are appointed for one year terms, from August 1 to July 31. Faculty and staff are appointed for three year terms.
The Board of Governors usually meets once a month. Board members usually serve on at least one Board standing committee and attend various UFV functions, such as convocation. They should expect to contribute an average of 15-20 hours per month to the University.
The Senate also meets monthly and members are expected to serve on a minimum of two Senate standing committees.
Faculty, staff, and student members are expected to:
Note: Student member(s) from the Board and Senate who receive the most votes will be asked to serve on the Student Union Society (SUS) Board.
Each standing committee has different positions, depending on the membership requirements outlined in their Terms of Reference. With the exception of the Senate Governance Committee, which is composed of Senate members, the rest have both non-senator and senator positions.
Throughout the year there are often non-senator vacancies available to students, faculty, and staff.
Non-Senate members on standing committees have two-year terms. This does not apply to ex-officio members. Non-Senate members may be renewed for additional terms.
Senate member terms are three year terms, and/or the term mirros their membership on Senate. Refer to the bylaws for full details.
Senate has 11 standing committeees that carry out the business of Senate. Read more below.