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The Victoria University Board of Regents is responsible for the appointment of the President and senior officers who carry out day-to-day management and administrative functions — the chancellor, college principals, registrar, bursar, chief librarian and others. 

The Board must satisfy itself that there are resources, policies and practices appropriate for creating an environment conducive to a high-quality experience for students, faculty, librarians, and staff, and maintaining excellent relations with alumni.  

The Board is also responsible for: 

  • Ensuring proper accountability of Victoria University's financial affairs; 
  • Managing and maintaining Victoria University’s property;  
  • Investing Victoria University's money, including donations; 
  • Administering the pension plan; 
  • Establishing faculties, departments and chairs; 
  • Approving collective agreements and employee policies

The Regents are elected by the constituencies they represent — students, faculty, Victoria College alumni, Emmanuel College alumni, United Church appointees, ex-officio members and discretionary. 

More information about the governance framework of Victoria University can be found in the Victoria University Act and the Board of Regents Bylaw No. 1 and No. 2

Board Members

General Council of the United Church of Canada
  • Rev. Adele Halliday  
  • Rev. Adam Kilner  
  • Robert Pemberton 
  • Vas Rao
Ex officio
  • Nick Saul, Chancellor 
  • Dr. Rhonda McEwen, President and Vice-Chancellor 
  • Professor Angela Esterhammer, Principal, Victoria College 
  • Professor HyeRan Kim-Cragg, Principal, Emmanuel College
Victoria College graduates
  • Cynthia Crysler (Chair)  
  • Hannah Brennen 
  •  Kate Cassaday  
  • Martine Celej 
  • James Janeiro  
  • Brian Johnston 
  • Pamela Marchant 
  • Dr. Julia Zarb 
Emmanuel College Alumni
  • Valerie DeSouza 
  •  Rev. Jason Meyers 
  •  Rev. Lauren Hodgson  
Emmanuel College Teaching Staff
  • Professor Judith Newman
  • Professor Nevin Reda El-Tahry  
Victoria College Teaching Staff
  • Professor Rebecca Comay 
  • Professor Julia Forgie
  • Professor Mark Solovey
  • Professor David Cook 
  • Professor Paul Stevens 
  • Professor Marga Vicedo  
Victoria College Students
  • Callan Murphy  
  • Amy Mann 
  • Boomba Nishikawa  
  • Tariq Harney 
  • Shane Joy, VUSAC President, ex-officio  
Emmanuel College Student
  • Kacy Lin, ECSS Co-Chair, ex-officio  
  • Peter Politis 
  • Mark Austin 
  • Chad Alderson  
Secretary to the Board
  • Anwar Kazimi

Board of Regents Committees

Schedule of Meetings

Meetings of the Board of Regents are scheduled to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on the following days: 

  • June 13, 2024 
  • Oct. 10, 2024 
  • Feb. 13, 2025 
  • April 10, 2025 
  • June 19, 2025 

How can I attend a Board meeting?

All meetings of the Board are open. Requests to attend a Board meeting should be made to the secretary no later than the day prior to the meeting at Seating will be made available to members of the University community and the public, space permitting. Seats that have not been reserved will be available on a first-come first-served basis.  All committee meetings take place in closed session.

Board Positions