General Faculties Council


General Faculties Council

The General Faculties Council (GFC) is established in accordance with the Alternative Academic Council Regulation of the Government of Alberta’s Post-Secondary Learning Act. The Regulation gives Academic Council (called GFC at Mount Royal) authority over the institution’s academic affairs, subject to the approval of the Board of Governors, and as such is the senior academic decision- and policy-making body of Mount Royal. The General Faculties Council may make recommendations to the Board of Governors on several other issues.

Specific powers of the General Faculties Council include approval of the granting of diplomas and degrees (other than honorary degrees), approval of the Academic Plan, academic programs, academic policies, academic awards, and the Calendar.

The GFC consists of:

  • 48 elected representatives of full-time faculty
  • 3 elected representatives of contract and limited-term faculty
  • 10 elected representative of the students (8 voting)
  • 13 ex officio members.

The Chair of GFC is the President, and an elected Speaker runs the GFC meetings. The GFC normally meets on the third Thursday of each month from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. from September to May.

The GFC functions through a standing committee structure consisting of 9 committees that recommend actions to the GFC.

The Office of Governance and Legal Services is responsible for the meetings of the GFC, the election of its members, the coordination of GFC committees and for providing the University with assistance on academic policy and governance.

Executive Officers

Title Term Ends
Chair, GFC David Docherty President, MRU Ex Offcio
Vice-Chair, GFC Lesley Brown Provost and Vice-President Academic Ex Officio
Speaker, GFC Doug King GFC Councillor
Faculty of Arts
June 30, 2019
Deputy Speaker, GFC Nathan Lawley GFC Councillor
Student, SAMRU
June 30, 2019
Secretary, GFC Phil Warsaba Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Management
and Registrar
Ex Officio
Recording Secretary (non-voting) Kathy Homer Governance Assistant, GFC Resource