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Board of Governors

The Nipissing University Act (1992) provides for a bicameral governance of the University and thus, governance is based on two legislative branches; the Board of Governors and the Academic Senate. The Board of Governors, which is made up of 28 members including Nipissing’s President and Chancellor, is responsible for the government and administration of the University, creating a mandate, and evaluating and monitoring the progress of that mandate. This includes control of Nipissing’s property and revenues and the conduct of its business affairs, except for those matters assigned to the Academic Senate.

The Board of Governors meets five times a year, and we invite you to follow the links to view the minutes of these meetings. Find out more about the Board's composition, committees and activities by choosing one of the categories listed.

Governing Officers

Board of Governors

(effective July 1, 2017)

Chancellor - Mr. Paul Cook 
Chair - Mr. Gord Durnan
Vice-Chair - Mr. Tom Palangio
President – Dr. Mike DeGagné

Non-Constituent Members

Dr. Karen Barnes, DVM
Mr. Tom Curry, LLB
Mr. Gary Jodouin 
Ms. Colleen Miller
Ms. Janet Zimbalatti, MEd 
Ms. Joanne Laplante 
Mr. Karl Neubert
Ms. Fran Couchie  
Ms. Judy Smith

Vacancy (x2)

Members Appointed by the Senate

Dr. Blaine Hatt 
Dr. Robin Gendron 
Dr. Kristen Ferguson
Dr. Toivo Koivukoski

Members Appointed by the Students

Ms. Sydney Lamorea (NUSU President)
Mr. Shane Dunstall (NUSU VP Finance)

Official Observers: 
Ms. J'aime Brunet ​(NUSU VP Services)
Mr. Tyrel Somerville (NUSU VP Communications) 

Member Appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board

Mr. Sean Feretycki

Members Appointed by the Non-teaching Employees

Mr. Ryan Hehn
Mr. Stephen Tedesco

Member Appointed by the Aboriginal Council on Education

Ms. Rose Jawbone

Mayoral Designate

Mr. Derek Shogren



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