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Queen's University

University Council Nomination and Election Process

Council elections are suspended for 2013 pending the outcome of the Council reform plan.  It is anticipated that elections to the newly reconstituted Council will resume in 2014.  For more information on Council reform, see the Roadmap to Reform (PDF*, 235 KB) and page 11 of the Alumni Review (issue No. 4, 2012).

Procedures for Election to Council

Each year, one-sixth of the elective Councillors retire from office and their successors are elected to six-year terms that begin May 1 and end April 30. Councillors may be elected for only two consecutive terms (12 years). All graduates are invited, through the Queen's Alumni Review, to nominate fellow graduates to run for a position on the University Council. To be valid, nominations must be submitted by a graduate in writing and received by the University Secretary on or before a date specified by the University Secretary. To be nominated, a nominee must receive three valid nominations. The Secretary of University Council reports all valid nominations to the October meeting of the University Council Executive Committee. The University Council Executive Committee may nominate additional suitable candidates whenever necessary.

The University Council Secretary will inform candidates nominated by either process. Candidates may accept or decline up until a date specified by the Secretary of the Council. The names of all that accept nominations are placed on an electronic ballot. On-line voting takes place in the month of March. The successful candidates are notified promptly by the Secretary of University Council, begin their six-year terms on May 1, and are introduced to fellow Councillors at the annual meeting later that same month.


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