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BOT Committee Assignments Disenfrancise the Alumni

Review of the Board of Trustee’s committee structure makes it obvious that the alumni elected trustees (and by extension the alumni themselves) have virtually no power because the board agenda is controlled by the trustees selected by the business societies.

Every BOT member has a least one committee assignment but the alumni trustees are packed into the least important committees like Outreach, Development, and Community Relations and Academic Affairs and Student Life.

In contrast, the business trustees dominate the committees that hold the real power like the Executive Committee, and the committees on Governance and Long Range Planning, Legal and Compliance, Audit and Risk, and Finance, Business and Capital Planning. The business trustees’ stranglehold over the Executive Committee is particularly flagrant. All 6 business trustees serve on this 11 person committee compared to only 1 (Marianne Alexander) of the 8 alumni trustees.

The business trustees also constitute the largest presence on the Audit (3 of the 7 committee members), Finance (3 of 8), Governance (3 of 10), and Legal (3 of 9) Committees. The alumni trustee presence on the Audit (1 of 7), Finance (0 of 8), Governance (2 of 10), and Legal (1 of 9) is obviously less. And the disenfranchisement of alumni trustees is more obvious when one considers that there are 8 alumni trustees compared to 6 business trustees.

If you look at each trustee’s committee assignments, it becomes apparent that the trustees are not equal in power and influence. Only 2 of the 8 alumni trustees appear on more than one important committee – Marianne Alexander and Stephanie Devinney. Based on committee assignments, the other power players on the BOT are Alvin Clemens, Mark Dambly, Keith Eckel, Ira Lubert, Keith Masser, Karen Peetz, Linda Strumpf and John Surma

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