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By royal letter dated March 13, 1787, King George III instructed the Nova Scotia House of Assembly to consider establishing schools in the province. In November 1787, the Assembly appointed a committee, which reported that Windsor would be a suitable location for establishing an academy; the committee's members became the Governors of the new institution. In November 1788, the Academy began operating from the home of Susannah Francklin in Windsor, its focus the instruction of youth in arts, literature, and the liturgy of the Anglican Church. In 1789, the House of Assembly passed an act confirming the Academy's legal status and which also founded King's College, to be governed by those already in charge of the Academy, who were to be called the Governors of King's College of Nova Scotia. The Governors purchased land in Windsor and began erecting a building for the College. After its completion in 1791, the Academy's classes were also held there. The College and the Academy continued under joint administration in Windsor until a fire destroyed the College's main building on Feb. 5, 1920. In the wake of the fire, the College experienced financial difficulties, so in 1923, with the aid of the Carnegie Corporation, the University of King's College formed an association with Dalhousie University in Halifax. In 1930, King's opened new buildings on Dalhousie's Studley Campus. King's merged its Faculty of Arts and Science with Dalhousie's but retained its degree-granting powers in Divinity until 1974, when the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax was formally incorporated by the Nova Scotia Legislature. King's now offers degrees in Journalism and continues to play an important part in the education of undergraduates, having established itself as one of Canada's leading small institutions of higher learning, with a current student population of about 1,100. Mandate Royal Charter of King George III, 1802 King George III granted a royal charter to the Governors in May 1802, elevating the status of the College to that of a university and permitting the Governors the privilege of establishing other colleges within its auspices to form the University of Windsor. Nova Scotia legislation The Board of Governors' powers and duties arise from several Nova Scotia provincial statutes: S.N.S. 1789, c.4; 1851, c.31; 1852, c.14, s.3; 1853, c.66; 1866, c.100; 1883, c.63; 1895, c.147; 1897, c.129; 1903, c.201; 1908, c.192; 1910, c.148; 1911, c.128; 1921, c.173; 1923, c.130; 1923, c.131; 1934, c.108; 1936, c.119; 1948, c.150; 1950, c.122; 1953, c.96; 1960, c.106; 1964, c.121; 1970, c.138; 1987, c.80; and 1998, c.44. University of King's College Statutes The Board of Governors has enacted several University Statutes by which it governs and manages the University: The Statutes, Rules and Ordinances of the University of King's College at Windsor in the Province of Nova Scotia 1803, 1807, 1854, 1875, 1891, 1908 and 1913; Statutes, Royal Charter and Other Ordinances of the University of King's College at Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1930; University of King's College, Halifax, N.S. Statutes, Regulations, Articles of Agreement, 1962; and By-Laws, Rules and Regulations of the University of King's College made by the Board of Governors,1999. Predecessor bodies The Board of Governors of the University of King's College was created from the “Committee appointed to take into Consideration the Lieutenant Governor's message recommending the Establishing and Maintaining of Schools,” appointed by the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in 1787. When the Academy at Windsor, Nova Scotia, opened in 1788, most of its Governors were members of the Committee except for the Members of the Assembly who originally sat on the Committee. In 1789, a provincial statute restructured the Governors of the Academy and adjusted their membership for the benefit of the newly-formed King's College at Windsor, Nova Scotia. Administrative relationships In 1787, the Crown commanded the Nova Scotia Assembly to establish schools in the province. The Lieutenant Governor, Bishop of Nova Scotia, President of His Majesty's Council, and Speaker of the House of Assembly founded the Academy at Windsor, Nova Scotia, and were answerable directly to the Crown, not the Assembly, until 1789, when an Act of the Assembly founded King's College, making its Governors answerable to the legislative body. This continued from 1789 until the Royal Charter of 1802, when authority over King's reverted to the Crown. Funding became the joint responsibility of the Crown and the province. Matters of religious instruction were under the authority of the Bishop of Nova Scotia, while all matters touching on daily academic instruction and regulation were in the hands of the College President and the Headmaster of the Academy, or Collegiate School. Administrative structure The Academy, founded in 1788, had two divisions: the English, and the Latin and Greek (Classics) Schools. After the College was formed in 1789, the Governors divided the University into the College and the Academy for administrative purposes. In addition to the Academy's two Schools, the Governors ran the Church School for Girls in Windsor in the 19th century. The Governors retained control over the College when it moved to Halifax to form an association with Dalhousie University. The University of King's College has had no formal affiliation with the Collegiate School since 1923, when the College left Windsor. The Board's structure is determined by Nova Scotia provincial statute. By amendments to the Statutes, the Board reorganized itself several times during the 20th century, changing the ratio of representation as well as the overall number of Governors. Membership Legislation has varied the size of the Board through the decades; it now has 30 voting members and three non-voting members. Since 1999, members of the Board have been: the Chancellor, President, and Vice President of the University; the Treasurer and the Secretary; the Bishop of the Diocese of Nova Scotia and the Bishop of Fredericton; four representatives elected by the Diocesan Synods of Nova Scotia and Fredericton; the President of the Alumni Association; three representatives elected by the Alumni Association; four Faculty representatives; the President of the King's Students' Union and two student representatives elected by the KSU; and up to eight co-opted members (elected by the Board). There is provision for a representative from Dalhousie University, and beginning with King's association with Dalhousie in 1923, the Board appointed members to sit on Dalhousie's Board of Governors. The Board meets quarterly and members serve terms of varying lengths, depending on their position, e.g., King's Students' Union representatives serve one-year terms, while co-opted members serve for four years. A historical list of Board of Governors members is available from the Archivist. Board of Governors members in early 2010 were: Chancellor: The Honourable Michael Meighen, Q.C. (2006-2011) Chairman: Dr. John Hamm (2006-2010) Vice-Chair: The Right Reverend Susan Moxley, Bishop of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (2009-2010) President and Vice-Chancellor: Dr. William Barker (2003-2011) Vice-President: Dr. Christopher Elson (2006-2010) Treasurer: Paul Bent (2008-2011) Secretary: Kevin Gibson (2009-2011) Bishop of the Diocese of Nova Scotia: The Right Reverend Susan Moxley, Bishop of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Vice Chair Bishop of the Diocese of Fredericton: The Right Reverend Claude Miller, Bishop of Fredericton Diocesan representatives: Andrew Black, Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (2008-2010) Meg Edward, Diocese of Fredericton (2007-2011) Dr. Avery McCordick, Diocese of Fredericton (2009-2011) Rev. Elliott Siteman, Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (2008-2010) Alumni Association President: David Jones (2008-2010) Alumni Association representatives: Daniel de Munnik (2008-2010), two vacancies Faculty representatives: Dr. Roberta Barker (2008-2010) Dr. Dorota Glowacka (2009-2010) Prof. Kim Kierans (2008-2010) Dr. Kathryn Morris (2009-2011) King's Students' Union President: David Etherington (2009-2010) King's Students' Union representatives: Liz Johnston (2009-2010), Max Ma (2009-2010) Co-opted members: David Archibald (2008-2012), Brian Burnell (2009-2013), Dale Godsoe (2007-2011), Peter Jelley (2009-2013), Emmitt Kelly (2007-2011), John Leefe (2007-2011), Mary Martin (2007-2011) Non-voting ex officio members: Advancement Director, Adriane Abbott; Bursar, Gerald Smith; and Registrar, Elizabeth Yeo. Committees Executive Committee members in early 2010 were: Dr. John Hamm (Chairman), The Right Reverend Susan Moxley (Vice-Chair), Dr. William Barker (President), Dr. Christopher Elson (Vice-President), Paul Bent (Treasurer), Kevin Gibson (Secretary), David Etherington, David Jones, Kim Kierans, John Leefe, Mary Martin and Rev. Elliott Siteman. Besides the Executive Committee, the Board has 13 standing committees dedicated to specific areas of University affairs: Accessibility Committee Audit Committee Board of Appeal and Discipline Finance Committee Honorary Degrees Committee Investment Sub-Committee Nominating Committee Occupational Health and Safety Sub-Committee Pension Committee Property, Grounds and Safety Committee Property and Grounds Committee Racial Equity Committee Sexual Harassment Committee In addition to standing committees, the Board establishes ad hoc committees for particular purposes, then abolishes them when their mandates are achieved. Committees report and make recommendations to the Board. The Board may refer matters to one of its committees and give it the power to act. The Board sanctions the actions of its committees, sometimes explicitly doing so in meeting minutes. Names of the corporate body The Nova Scotia House of Assembly formed a “Committee appointed to take into Consideration the Lieutenant Governor's message recommending the Establishing and Maintaining of Schools” in 1787, which effectively was the Board of Governors' original name. In 1788, the Committee became the Governors of the Academy by motion of the Governors themselves. A 1789 Act of the Assembly changed their name to the Governors of King's College, Nova Scotia. In 1802, the Royal Charter changed their name to The Governors, President, and Fellows of King's College at Windsor in the Province of Nova Scotia. By an Act of the Assembly in 1853, the name was altered to the Governors of King's College, Windsor. Finally, a 1950 Nova Scotia statute removed “Windsor, N.S.” from the name of the University and the Governors. Names of chief officers Because many of the Board of Governors' members were on the Board ex officio of their public positions, the Board has always had several prominent Nova Scotians among its members, including senior provincial government and Anglican Church officials. Chair of the Board of Governors In addition to the duties and responsibilities that all Board members have, the Board's Chair presides over all Board meetings; is the official spokesperson for the Board; serves as the Chair of the Presidential Search and Presidential Review Committees; assesses the performance of and approves compensation and benefits for the President annually; serves as the Board's signing officer on matters related to contracts and other legal obligations undertaken by the Board; represents the Board at official functions; and advises the President and Vice Chancellor and individual Board members. Before 1993, the Chair was the Bishop of Nova Scotia ex officio, and the Vice-Chair was the Bishop of Fredericton ex officio. In 1993, Halifax lawyer Brian Flemming became Chair, the first layperson to hold the position. Chairs of the Board of Governors Bishop of Nova Scotia (ex officio) 1787-1816 Rt. Rev. Charles Inglis, D.D. 1816-1825 Rt. Rev. Robert Stanser, D.D. 1825-1850 Rt. Rev. John Inglis, D.D. 1851-1887 Rt. Rev. Hibbert Binney, D.D. 1888-1904 Rt. Rev. Frederick Courtney, D.D., D.C.L. 1904-1925 Most Rev. Clarendon Lamb Worrell, M.A., D.D., D.C.L. 1925-1939 Most Rev. John HacKenley, B.A., D.D. 1940-1947 Most Rev. George Frederick Kingston, M.A., Ph.D., D.D. 1948-1958 Rt. Rev. Robert Harold Waterman, B.A., D.D., D.C.L. 1958-1975 Most Rev. William Wallace Davis, B.A., B.D., D.D. 1975-1980 Rt. Rev. George Feversham Arnold, M.A, B.D., D.D. 1980-1984 Rt. Rev. Leonard Fraser Hatfield, M.A., D.D. 1985-1993 Rt. Rev. Arthur Gordon Peters, B.A., B.S.T., B.D., D.D. Lay chairmen 1993-2001 Brian Flemming, Q.C., LL.B. 2001-2007 George Cooper, Q.C., LL.B. 2007-present Dr. John Hamm, M.D. University of King's College President (ex officio) 1789-1804 Rev. Dr. William Cochran 1804-1805 Rev. Thomas Cox 1805-1836 Rev. Dr. Charles Porter 1836-1875 Rev. Dr. George McCawley 1875-1885 Rev. Dr. John Dart 1885-1889 Rev. Dr. Isaac Brock 1889-1904 Rev. Dr. Charles Willets 1904-1909 Dr. Ian Hannah 1906-1909 Rev. Dr. C. J. Boulden 1909-1914 Rev. Dr. T. W. Powell 1914-1916 Rev. Dr. Charles E. Willets (acting) 1916-1924 Rev. Dr. T. S. Boyle 1924-1937 Rev. Dr. A. H. Moore 1937-1953 Rev. Dr. A. Stanley Walker 1954-1963 Rev. Dr. Herbert Lavallin Puxley 1963-1969 Dr. Harry D. Smith 1969-1970 Dr. F. Hilton Page (acting) 1970-1977 Dr. J. Graham Morgan 1977-1989 Dr. John F. Godfrey 1987-1993 Dr. Marion G. Fry 1993-2003 Dr. Colin J. Starnes 2003-present Dr. William Barker Governor of Nova Scotia and Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia (ex officio 1789-1853) 1786-1791 John Parr 1792-1808 Sir John Wentworth 1808-1811 Sir George Prevost 1811-1816 Sir John Sherbrooke 1816-1820 Earl of Dalhousie 1820-1828 Sir James Kempt 1828-1834 Sir Peregrine Maitland 1834-1840 Sir Colin Campbell 1840-1846 Viscount Falkland 1846-1852 Sir John Harvey 1852-1858 Sir John Gaspard Le Marchant Chief Justice of Nova Scotia (ex officio 1789-1853) 1778-1785 Hon. Bryan Finucane 1785-1788 Hon. Isaac DesChamps (acting) 1788-1789 Hon. Jeremy Pemberton 1789-1797 Hon. Sir Thomas Andrew Lumisden Strange 1797-1833 Hon. Sampson Salter Blowers 1833-1860 Hon. Sir Brenton Halliburton Provincial Secretary of Nova Scotia (ex officio 1789-1853) 1789-1792 Richard Bulkeley 1792-1796 James Michael Freke Bulkeley 1796-1808 Benning Wentworth 1808-1813 Samuel Hood George 1813-1848 [information not found] 1848-1854 Joseph Howe Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly (ex officio 1789-1853) 1789-1789 S. S. Blowers 1789-1793 Richard John Annecy 1793-1799 Thomas Henry Barclay 1799-1805 Richard John Annecy 1805-1806 W. Cottnam Tonge 1806-1818 Lewis M. Wilkins 1818-1824 S. B. Robie 1824-1840 S. W. G. Archibald 1840-1843 Joseph Howe 1843-1853 William Young Attorney General of Nova Scotia (ex officio 1789-1853) 1784-1797 Sampson Salter Blowers 1797-1831 Richard John Uniacke 1831-1841 Samuel G. W. Archibald 1841-1848 James W. Johnston 1848-1854 James Boyle Uniacke Solicitor General of Nova Scotia (ex officio 1789-1853) 1778-1779 James Brenton 1777-1781 Richard Gibbons 1781-1797 Richard John Uniacke 1797-1798 Jonathan Sterns 1798-1815 James Stewart 1815-1826 Simon Bradstreet Robie 1826-1831 Samuel George William Archibald 1831-1834 Charles Rufus Fairbanks 1834-1841 James William Johnston 1841-1843 James Boyle Uniacke 1844-1848 Edmund Murray Dodd 1848 William Frederick DesBarres 1848-1854 Alexander McDougall Treasurers - Board of Governors - 1798-2008 1798-1803 Bennington Wentworth 1803-1807 Brenton Halliburton 1807-1816 Crofton Annecy 1816 James Cochran (acting) 1817-1831 James Cochran 1818-1827 James Walton Nutting (acting) 1828-1830 Rupert Denis George (acting) 1831-1875 John C. Halliburton 1875-1882 B. G. Gray 1882-1889 T. Ritchie (secretary-treasurer) 1889-1905 J. Y. Payzant 1906-1912 W. L. Payzant 1912-1921 Reginald V. Harris 1921 Rev. E. B. Spurr 1922-1923 W. H. Roach (acting) 1924-1925 F. A. Bowman (acting) 1925-1945 F. A. Bowman 1945-1946 R. L. Nixon 1946-1954 William Wood, C.A., A.M.I.R.E. 1954 R. L. Nixon (acting) 1955-1965 F. A. Lane 1965-1968 G. S. Unwin 1968-1974 R. Francis 1974-1977 H. MacKinley, C.A, B.A., B.Comm. 1977-1984 Allan Conrod, C.A. 1984-1989 C. William Gurnham, F.C.A. 1989-1991 Allan G. Conrod, C.A. 1991-1993 Paul Meier, B.Comm, M.B.A., C.A. 1993-present Paul Bent, B.Comm, C.A.
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Fonds consists of materials created and collected by the University of King's College Board of Governors and its committees while carrying out their mandated functions. Documents reflect all aspects of the Board's sphere of responsibility and include correspondence; meeting minutes and agendas; reports created or reviewed by the Board; annual reports; financial documents, including ledgers, budgets, statements, and other materials; officer lists; and other materials related to the overall management of the University and its assets.
Some records fragile.
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Fonds deposited in several accessions from Presidents Office and Board of Governors' secretary.
Records had no apparent system of arrangement, so Archivist arranged them into eight series: Series 1 Constating documents. 1789-2008. Royal Charter, University Statutes and policies, copies of relevant Nova Scotia legislation. Series 2 Governance records. 1787-2008. Minute Books, unbound minutes, microfilms of minute books. Series 3 Executive Committee records. 1835-2008. Minute books, correspondence. Series 4 Financial records. 1803-2008. Budgets, financial statements, financial officers' records. Series 5 Legal documents. 1789-2008. Agreements with Carnegie Corporation, Dalhousie University, Royal Canadian Navy; deeds, surveys, contracts. Series 6 Committee records. 1803-2008. Dal-King's Liaison Committee, Nominating Committee, Presidential Search Committees, Property and Grounds Committee. Series 7 Operational records. 1821-2008. Academic programmes, Atlantic Divinity Council, Kings Collegiate School, representation on other boards. Series 8 Correspondence. 1803-2009. Letters, reports, circulars, lists, newspaper clippings
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Minutes from 30 years before the present to Dec. 1, 1999, are closed.
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University of Kings College Board of Governors fonds finding aid and file lists available in the Archives.
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University of Kings College Calendars contain names and positions of Board of Governors members.
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