Booth University College was incorporated in 1983 by an act of the Legislature of the Province of Manitoba. The University College is governed by a Board of Trustees that is appointed by the Governing Council of The Salvation Army in Canada. The Board of Trustees delegates to the President, who works with the Cabinet, responsibility for the effective achievement of the ends that are established by the Board. The Senate oversees academic governance.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Booth University College is appointed by the Governing Council of The Salvation Army in Canada and acts as an independent body with responsibility for the governance of the University College.

Committee Governance at Booth University College

Booth University College’s Board of Trustees has adopted a Committee Governance model with for established committees: Executive, Governance, Nominating, and Finance. Under this model, a clear line is drawn between governance and operations. The Board has responsibility for the establishment of the ends to be achieved and overall responsibility for the organization. The Board delegates to the President the achievement of the Board-established ends within the limitations established by the Board. The Board operates according to a set of policies that it adopts. Included in the Board policy is a series of “Executive Limitations” which establish boundaries for the President’s management of the University College.

Board Members

Chair: Mr. David Michel (Langley, BC)
Vice-Chair: Col. John Chamness (Toronto, ON)
Treasurer: Lt. Col. Keith Pike (Toronto, ON)

Members at Large

Dr. Evan Curtis (Winnipeg, MB)
Mr. Cody Russell (Winnipeg, MB)
Col. (Dr.) Wendy Swan (New York)
Dr. Karynne Turner (Durham, NC)
Lt. Col. Anne-Florence Tursi-Cachelin (London, England)
Major Deana Zelinsky (Toronto, ON)


Booth University College’s Cabinet advises the President on all matters related to the conduct of the business of the University College.

Role of Booth University College’s Cabinet

Booth University College’s Cabinet works with the President to establish the strategic direction of the University College and advises the President on matters of policy, operations and planning.

Specifically, the Cabinet:

  • under the direction of the President, develops, reviews and revises the strategic plan for the University College in a manner that supports the Ends Policy of the Board of Trustees;
  • under the direction of the President, develops institution-wide policies that govern the operation of the University College;
  • acts as a forum for sharing information and developing responses to institution-wide issues;
  • develops the University College budget for recommendation to the Board of Trustees by the President, in accordance with the policies established by the Board of Trustees;
  • develops and upholds institutional values;
  • processes human resource issues as needed; and,
  • advises the President on other matters as needed.

Operating Principles

Booth University College’s Cabinet operates in accordance with the following principles:

  • Cabinet deliberations will be open and honest;
  • Cabinet will conduct professional, constructive conversations;
  • Cabinet members will display trust, mutual support and respect for each other;
  • Cabinet members will respect everyone’s right to dissenting viewpoints;
  • Cabinet will ensure strong, open communication and dissemination of information to campus constituencies;
  • Cabinet members will support the decisions of the President and Cabinet.

Cabinet Members

Rob Fringer, PhD: President
Jeff Peitsch, LL.B, MBA: Vice President Administration
Linda Schwartz, PhD: Vice President Academic and Dean
Mariciel Nuyda, EdD: Dean, School for Continuing Studies
Rhonda Friesen, MEd: Dean of Students

Terms of Reference

  • Members: President, Chief Academic Officer, Vice President of Administration, Dean of the School for Continuing Studies, Dean of Students and others as determined by the President
  • Recording Secretary: Executive Assistant to the President


Booth University College’s Senate is responsible for oversight of the academic governance of the University College.

Powers and Duties of the Senate

The Senate is responsible for the academic policies of the University College and has the following specific powers and duties:

  • To consider and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees concerning
    • The establishment, change or termination of programs
    • The establishment, change or termination of academic units
    • The establishment, change or termination of academic affiliations with other academic institutions
  • To review the academic progress of students and make recommendations to the Chief Academic Officer (or designate) regarding academic probation, continuance of students and dismissal of students for academic reasons.
  • To hear and determine appeals by students concerning decisions regarding their academic standing in courses or programs and appeals of academic discipline.
  • To award bursaries, scholarships, medals and prizes as required by the criteria of the awards.
  • To consider and determine all curriculum for degrees, for-credit diplomas and for-credit certificates.
  • To consider and approve individual courses.
  • To make regulations regarding instruction, examinations and evaluation of students.
  • To determine the academic schedule.
  • To determine the degrees, including honorary degrees, diplomas and certificates to be granted by the University College.
  • To determine the persons to whom degrees, diplomas and certificates are to be awarded.
  • To recommend to the Board of Trustees persons to whom honorary degrees are to be awarded.
  • To determine the academic standards for admission continued registration in the University College and graduation from the University College.
  • To provide for the regulation and conduct of its meetings and proceedings, including the fixing of the quorum necessary for the transaction of business.
  • To elect from amongst its full-time teaching faculty members a representative of the Senate, who The Governing Council will appoint to the Board of Trustees.
  • To appoint any standing or other committees it considers necessary and delegate to any such committee any of its powers and duties.

Composition of the Senate

  • President – Chair
  • VP Academic and Dean – Vice Chair
  • VP Administration
  • Dean, School for Continuing Studies
  • Director of Library Services
  • College for Officer Training Principal (or designate)
  • Student Member
  • Board of Trustee Member
  • Full-time teaching faculty from the University College elected by the University College peers and equal to the total number of senators noted above (8)
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