Mcgill’s power struc­tures

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The Board of Gover­nors (BOG) is an ad­min­is­tra­tive body with fi­nal author­ity on de­ci­sions con­cern­ing university prop­erty and con­duct. The BOG de­ter­mines pro­mo­tions and tenures in of­fice, or other terms of em­ploy­ment, such as re­tire­ment, ben­e­fits, and salaries of university per­son­nel. The BOG also se­lects the Prin­ci­pal from a list of names sub­mit­ted by the Nom­i­na­tion Com­mit­tee.

The BOG is com­posed of 27 peo­ple, 25 of whom can vote, and two non-vot­ing ob­servers. The 12 Mem­bers at Large make up the largest fac­tion nom­i­nated by the BOG Nom­i­nat­ing and Gov­er­nance Com­mit­tee. The rest of the Board in­cludes the Chan­cel­lor, the Prin­ci­pal, and var­i­ous rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the university com­mu­nity. Though not au­to­matic, all gover­nors are el­i­gi­ble for re-elec­tion. Un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents are rep­re­sented by the pres­i­dent of Stu­dent So­ci­ety of Mcgill University (SSMU) for a one year term.

The Board has eight stand­ing com­mit­tees whose meet­ings are un­pub­li­cized, un­less the com­mit­tee holds an open ses­sion. In an open ses­sion, com­mu­nity mem­bers (in­clud­ing stu­dents) may ob­serve, but not par­tic­i­pate in the meet­ing.

One BOG body that gets a lot of press is the Com­mit­tee to Ad­vise on Mat­ters of So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity (CAMSR), which re­views is­sues of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity re­lated to university in­vest­ments. If you’re in­ter­ested in get­ting Mcgill to di­vest from any­thing in par­tic­u­lar for eth­i­cal rea­sons, CAMSR is the place to fo­cus your en­ergy. That said, they’ve his­tor­i­cally been ex­tremely hard to sway. Fi­nan­cial re­turns gen­er­ally take prece­dence, as seen with the Board’s de­ci­sion main­tain their in­vest­ments in fos­sil fu­els de­spite wide­spread con­dem­na­tion in 2015.

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