Governance & Leadership

Governing Bodies

In Alberta, authority is transferred from the Province to the University by means of legislation. The central legislative piece for Alberta universities is the Post-secondary Learning Act. Although there are many checks and balances, the University is an autonomous entity and its own corporation, regulated by Provincial legislation.

Mount Royal University governs itself with a bicameral governance structure. The two senior governing bodies at Mount Royal are the Board of Governors and the General Faculties Council, which work together with the President's Executive Committee within their roles and accountabilities to govern the University. The voice and perspective of all the University's stakeholders are brought together for the decision-making process.

The Office of the General Counsel and University Secretariat, led by the General Counsel and University Secretary, provides support for all areas of the Board and General Faculties Council enabling proper governance structures.


The Chancellor is the ceremonial head of Mount Royal University and represents the public interest in the University.

As an external-facing proponent of Mount Royal, the Chancellor actively participates in University and community activities. The Chancellor represents the University in formal occasions, such as presiding over Convocation and granting degrees to all graduating students. The Chancellor also serves as an advisor and support to the President and as an ex-officio member of Mount Royal’s Board of Governors.

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Board of Governors

The Mount Royal University Board of Governors oversees the management and operation of the University's business and affairs. The Board oversees the overarching strategic direction, the policy framework, ensures that the University's activities are consistent with its mandate, oversees the efficient and effective use of financial and human resources to meet institutional objectives and the management of institutional risk.

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General Faculties Council

General Faculties Council (GFC) is responsible for the academic affairs of the University and is subject to the authority of the Board of Governors, as delegated by the Post-secondary Learning Act. GFC is the voice of the academic community, provides vision and leadership to the academic community and brings expertise and academic perspective to governance at the University.

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Executive Leadership

President and Vice-Chancellor

The President and Vice-Chancellor is the chief executive officer who provides the University with strategic leadership and oversees the University's operational and change management processes. The President and Vice-Chancellor works to develop and drive our mission, strategies and advancement, and leads the University's external relations locally, nationally and internationally.

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Executive Team

Mount Royal University is committed to providing an exceptional undergraduate educational experience. Mount Royal is a community of engaged citizens, providing personalized, experiential and outcome-based learning in an environment of inclusion, diversity and respect. The Executive Team ensures that these principles govern our priorities and influence our strategic allocation of resources.

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