Board of Governors

Current Board Members | Strategic Plan | Board Policies | Meeting Minutes

The primary role of a Board of Governors is policy formulation. This means that the Board should set priorities and directions to be achieved by the institution. This is a difficult task but is the essence of "governance" even though it is often nebulous and may seem remote and much less tangible than "managing" or implementing policy - the role of the President.

While policy formulation can be said to be the basic role of the Board, a second role demanded by the first is that of accountability. It is impossible to continue to set directions and rearrange priorities without rigorous and regular assessment of institutional performance.

A third role of the Board is generally described as interpreter between the people served by the college and the college itself. A Board member should be able to explain to other persons in the province what the college is doing, in what directions it is trying to go and why it has chosen these directions or set these priorities. Similarly, the Board must represent the people it serves by communicating provincial expectations, needs and interests to the people working within the college.

A fourth role that is fundamental for a Board is the selection, support and assessment of the performance of the President, who is responsible for providing advice to the Board on matters of policy and for managing the college on its behalf.

Meeting Minutes

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Current Board Members

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Charles Penwell, Vice-Chair
Bonita Lane-McCarthy
Beverly Scott
Mark Bradbury
Wade Pinhorn
Dominic Lundrigan
Ian Gordon
Candice Ennis-Williams
John Gibbons
Donna Rideout
Bruce Hollett
Dr. Brenda Kelleher-Flight
Peter Adams
Dr. Debbie Brake-Patten
Kevin Kelly
Sam Synard
Chris Newhook
Whitney Roberts

Contact the Board

Correspondence to the Board or individual Board members should be sent to:

Edith Alexander
Secretary, Board of Governors
Executive Assistant for General Counsel and Board of Governors
College of the North Atlantic
432 Massachusetts Drive
P O Box 5400 Stephenville, NL, A2N 2Z6
Phone: 709-643-7936
Fax: 709-643-7808

Strategic Plan

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The development of the college’s strategic plan has been led by the Board of Governors. The Board and the President developed an initial strategic framework in October 1999 and have continued to evolve the strategic direction of the college through facilitated strategic planning sessions. This Strategic Plan assimilates and presents a comprehensive view of the results of the strategic planning process.

By legislation, the Board of Governors is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of the college, and the President is responsible for formulating the specific objectives.

Strategic Planning Methodology
College of the North Atlantic has undertaken a number of strategic planning initiatives, the results of which are incorporated in the Plan. These initiatives have included:
  • A series of facilitated strategic planning retreats for the Board and management;
  • Extensive external and internal consultation through facilitated meetings and an online survey; and
  • Completion of an extensive environmental scan.

As a public institution, and given its proactive role in the social and economic develop of the province, the college participates in the implementation of the province’s Strategic Social Plan at various levels. College representatives participate with the Strategic Social Plan authorities and bring relevant issues forward to the college’s strategic planning process.

Board Policies

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The Policies contained on this web site have been approved by college executive and are enacted under the authority of section 15(1)(h) of the college Act, 1996, in conjunction with Board Policy BP-PO-001B.

Section 15(1)(h) of the Act grants to the Board of the college the authority to “make general policies to govern the organization, administration and operation of the college including personnel policies which, unless otherwise approved by the minister, shall adhere to the personnel administrative procedure of the province”.  Board Policy BP-PO-001B then authorizes the college President, in consultation with the Board, to “develop, authorize and implement regulations and procedures governing all aspects of the administration of the college”.


Admission and Selection of StudentsGP-A-101
Intellectual PropertyGP-A-104
RemunerationGP A 102

Board Operations

AttendanceGP-BO- 211
Board MeetingsGP-BO- 201
Board MinutesGP-BO-206
Code of Business ConductGP-BO-202
Committees of the BoardGP-BO- 205
Learner AppealsGP-BO- 209
Nomination to the Board - StudentsGP-BO-213
Order of BusinessGP-BO-204
Presentations to the BoardGP-BO-207
Stakeholder ConsultationsGP-BO-208
Standards of BehaviourGP-B0-203


Evaluation of the Board PerformanceGP-E-301


Accounting PracticesGP-F- 403
Capital SpendingGP-F- 404
Contractual AgreementsGP-F- 401
Scholarship Fund InvestmentsGP-F-402

Governing Risk

Access to InformationGP-GR- 807
Behaviour on College Owned or Run PropertyGP-GR-803
Conflict of InterestGP-GR-801
Governance of RiskGP-GR- 804
Policy DevelopmentGP-GR- 802
Replacement of PresidentGP-GR-806
Staff TreatmentGP-GR-805


Courses and ProgramsGP-O-501


Strategic PlanningGP-P-601


Board CorrespondenceGP-R-703
Political ActivityGP-R-701
Release of InformationGP-R-702

Roles and Responsibilities

Role of the BoardGP-PR-901
Role of the Chair of the BoardGP-RR-902
Role of the PresidentGP-RR-904
Role of the Vice-ChairGP-RR-903

For further information or for direction regarding any areas of College operation not covered by these policies, please consult the Human Resources Policy Manual of the Public Service Secretariat of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, available at:

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