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The Wilfrid Laurier University Act provides for broad representation on the Board of Governors to ensure that all members of the University community have a voice and input. In keeping with the principles of shared governance, there is strong representation from Senate on the Board of Governors, including three faculty representatives elected from Senate, as well as the chancellor and the president and vice-chancellor, who are ex officio members of the Board of Governors.

The Board of Governors has 34 members, of which five are faculty (three elected from Senate), three are students (two undergraduate and one graduate), two are administrative staff, and three are alumni. In addition, the Board of Governors includes six members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council of the Province, eight members from the community-at-large to represent a broad spectrum of the public, two members appointed by the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and three members appointed through the cities of Waterloo and Kitchener and Regional Municipality of Waterloo.

In recommending individuals for appointment to the Board of Governors, the nominations committee considers the competencies needed for the Board of Governors, succession planning, and providing for representation from the communities in which Laurier has campuses and offices (Kitchener-Waterloo, Brantford and Toronto).

Ex Officio Members

  • Chancellor: Eileen Mercier
  • President and Vice-Chancellor: Deborah MacLatchy

Elected/Appointed Members

  • Appointed by the City of Waterloo: Dave Jaworsky
  • Appointed by the City of Kitchener: Paul Singh
  • Appointed by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo: Karl Kiefer
  • Appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council:
    • Lynda Kitamura (Vice-Chair)
    • Jamie Martin 
    • Bill Muirhead
    • Kelly Murumets
    • Stephanie Ratza
    • Jillian Swartz (Chair)
  • Community-at-Large:
    • Peter Ansley (Vice-Chair)
    • John Bowey (Past Chair)
    • Michael Dell
    • Paul Kwasnik
    • Scott Lyons (Secretary)
    • Shaun Miller
    • Rob Noxon
    • Joe Rooney
  • Alumni Appointed by the Alumni Association:
    • Scott Bebenek
    • Tom Berczi (Treasurer)
    • Patricia Polischuk
  • Faculty-at-Large Elected by University Faculty Council:
    • Angèle Hamel
    • Kristiina Montero
  • Faculty Elected by Senate:
    • Karljurgen Feuerherm
    • David Johnson
    • Mary-Louise Byrne
  • Undergraduate Students Elected by Undergraduate Students:
    • Joseph Small
    • Adam Kovacs
  • Graduate Student Elected by Graduate Students: Jessica Siegel
  • Staff Elected by University Staff:
    • Melanie Will
    • Connie Palenik
  • Appointed by the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Board:
    • Mark Harris
    • Michael Pryse

Updated as of July 27, 2017.

Chairs of the Board, 1912 to Present

Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (est. 1911)

  • The Rev. J. A. Miller: 1912-1915
  • The Rev. Emil Hoffmann, DD: 1915-1918
  • The Rev. Jacob Maurer, DD: 1918-1928

Waterloo College (est. 1924)

  • The Rev. Jacob Maurer, DD: 1918-1928
  • The Rev. Nils Willison, DLitt: 1928-1933
  • The Rev. John Schmieder, DD: 1933-1938
  • The Rev. Clifford S. Roberts, DD: 1938-1944
  • The Rev. John Schmieder, DD: 1944-1946
  • The Rev. Arthur F. Buehlow, DD: 1946-1950
  • The Rev. Albert G. Jacobi, DD: 1950-1952
  • The Rev. Carl R. Cronmiller, DD: 1952-1955
  • The Rev. Albert W. Lotz, DD: 1955-1958

Waterloo College Associate Faculties (est. 1956)

  • The Rev. Albert W. Lotz, DDiv: 1955-1958
  • The Rev. Delton J. Glebe, MA, DDiv: 1958-1959
  • The Rev. Alvin J. Baetz, BA, DDiv: 1959-1960

Waterloo Lutheran University (est. 1960)

  • The Rev. John M. Zimmerman, DDiv: 1960-1962
  • Mr. Harry Greb, LLD: 1962-1971
  • Mr. Ralph Kraft: 1971-1972
  • Rev. Robert J. Binhammer, DDiv: 1972-1973

Wilfrid Laurier University (est. 1973)

  • Rev. Robert Binhammer, DDiv: 1973-1975
  • Mr. William H. Timmis: 1975-1979
  • Mr. Robert G. S. McIntosh, QC: 1979-1982
  • Dr. John H. Moffat: 1982-1985
  • Mr. Frank F. Wiley: 1985-1987
  • Mr. John E. Lauer: 1987-1988
  • Ms. Eileen Mercier: 1988-1990
  • Mr. Robert M. Astley, LLD: 1990-1992
  • Mr. David W. Pady: 1992-1994
  • Ms. Betty Sims, LLD: 1994-1997
  • Mr. Jerry Young: 1997-2002
  • Mr. Bryce Walker: 2002-2005
  • Ms. Beverly Harris: 2005-2009
  • Mr. John Ormston: 2009-2011
  • Mr. Farouk Ahamed: 2011-2013
  • Mr. Jamie Martin: 2013-2015
  • Mr. John Bowey: 2015-2017
  • Ms. Jillian Swartz: 2017-present

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