UFV students who are presently enrolled at UFV in a least one credit course shall be eligible to nominate, stand for election and vote. For the purpose of Board elections, student nominees and student nominators must be members of the Student Union Society, which means students have paid SUS fees.
More details on eligibility are included the Board and Senate election procedures and on the nomination form.
What is the Board of Governors?
Board of Governors is the highest governing body of the university. The management, administration, and control of the property, revenue, business, and affairs of the university are vested in the Board.
What is Senate?
Senate is the academic governing body at UFV which is responsible for policies concerning academic matters and advising the Board on policies of mutual interest.
How many student positions are there on the Board and Senate?
There are two student positions for the UFV Board and 4 student positions for Senate.
How are students selected for Board and Senate positions?
The process to run for elections is very simple. There is a call for nominations which is posted around all UFV campuses and also on myufv announcements. Student representatives are appointed for a one-year term. If you are appointed there is usually an orientation session where new members are introduced to their roles and responsibilities.
Is it a huge time commitment?
The Board of Governors usually meets once every month (usually the first Thursday of every month) and it is usually around 4-5 hours long. The Senate also meets once a month (usually on a Friday afternoon). The amazing experience you gain makes it worth your time.
What are the roles and responsibilities of members?
What was your experience like?
I served as a student rep on the Board of Governors. It’s been such an amazing experience to have served on both Board and Senate. I have learned so much about the policies and decision-making processes that guide a large organization like UFV. This is a great opportunity to learn leadership skills and to network with student leaders, faculty, staff, and also out community leaders. Leadership skills will greatly affect the career you choose to aspire and the university is a great place to develop those necessary skills and discover your qualities.
Would you recommend this to other students?
Yes! Through my term for both BOG and Senate, I have been blessed with the opportunity of being in the presence of exceptional and effective leaders which has motivated me even further to engage in leadership roles. It is very easy to get involved and you will get full time support from the university and members of the BOG and Senate. Campus involvement can add so much to your education experience, and there are so many opportunities out there that are just waiting for you to join in! Being a student rep on either BOG or Senate is one of them. I believe that leadership is an important aspect of an individual because most career opportunism looks for those with experience who has taken initiative.
What has been the highlight for you this year?
I got the opportunity to serve on subcommittees like the Vice President Search Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and the Board Nominating Committee. I got the honour of laying the wreath on behalf of UFV in Hope for the Remembrance Day ceremony. I also went on a two day Board retreat in Vancouver and I look forward to attending the AUCC (Association of Colleges and Universities) undergraduate studies conference in Halifax in March with the UFV President and Vice President. These are just a few of the other great things that I got to experience and learned in just half a year of being on the BOG.
Any messages to students who are thinking of running?
This is my last year at UFV and for me; it’s what I did outside of the classroom that made my year here memorable. It has been my honour serving you as the student representative, and I would highly encourage you to apply. As I continue my journey into the real world I will take with me the valuable leadership skills that UFV has taught me all these years. Leadership is an ongoing part of life and I hope to take on leadership roles in my profession. Leaders aren’t born, they’re made! Don’t be hesitant to run in elections. Be the next student leader on the UFV Board of Governors or Senate. It’s a decision you will never regret, especially in today’s competitive world where leadership experience will distinguish you from the next person.