About Us
Board of Governors
Board of Governors

In addition to members from the broader community, at St. Jerome’s University faculty, staff and students are members of our Board of Governors, thereby ensuring that multiple and varied perspectives are considered. Furthermore, meetings held by the Board of Governors are open to the public, enabling them to be informed about the decisions made by the institution.


The Board of Governors is responsible for overseeing and directing the administration and management of the University’s property, revenues, and financial affairs. 




Members of the Board

The Board of Governors has up to 22 members including the Chancellor, the President (Vice Chancellor) of the University, the Provincial Superior of the Congregation of the Resurrection, the Episcopal Delegate, two faculty members, one staff member, one student member, and up to 12 members at large. One Board member must be a graduate of the University.


Jim Beingessner Chancellor
Katherine Bergman President (Vice Chancellor)
Cathy Horgan Board Chair, Member at Large
Mary Ellen Cullen Board Vice Chair, Member at Large
John Arnou Staff
Hayley Barnes Student
Steven Bednarski Faculty
Frank Boerboom Member at Large
Ernest Doyle Member at Large
Francis Doyle Episcopal Delegate
Ken Lavigne Member at Large
Tony MacKinnon Member at Large
Rev. Murray McDermott, C.R. Provincial Superior Congregation of the Resurrection
Ted McKechnie Member at Large
Toni Serafini Faculty
Kathy Smidt Member at Large
Robert Truman Member at Large
Laura Zilney Member at Large
Dan Weber Member at Large
Board Committees
Committee Charter
Mission Committee

Jim Beingessner

Katherine Bergman

Rev. Murray McDermott, C.R.

John Arnou

Steven Bednarski

Kathy Smidt (Committee Chair)

Toni Serafini

Haley Barnes

Mission Charter 2016.pdf

Governance Committee

Katherine Bergman

Mary Ellen Cullen

Ken Lavigne (Committee Chair)

Dan Weber

Governance Charter 2016.pdf
Executive Committee

Katherine Bergman

Mary Ellen Cullen

Cathy Horgan (Committee Chair)

Ken Lavigne

Ernie Doyle

Kathy Smidt

Executive Charter 2016.pdf
Finance Committee

Katherine Bergman

Frank Boerboom

Mary Ellen Cullen

Ernie Doyle (Committee Chair)

Cathy Horgan

Robert Truman

Finance Charter 2016.pdf
Audit Committee

Frank Boerboom

Mary Ellen Cullen

Ernie Doyle(Committee Chair)

Cathy Horgan

Robert Truman

Audit Charter 2016.pdf
Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes
2017/2018 Board Meetings
Meeting Date
Meeting Agenda
Approved Meeting
October 5, 2017
December 7, 2017
February 1, 2018
April 5, 2018
June 7, 2018
2016/2017 Board Meetings
Meeting Date
Meeting Agenda
Approved Meeting
October 6, 2016 October 6, 2016 October 6, 2016
December 1, 2016 December 1, 2016 December 1, 2016
February 2, 2017 February 2, 2017

Board Workshop

(no minutes)

April 6, 2017    
June 1, 2017    


For archived Board meeting agendas and minutes please contact the Office of the President.

Nominations or Expressions of Interest for the
Board of Governors, St. Jerome’s University


St. Jerome’s University is seeking volunteers to fill upcoming vacancies on our Board of Governors.


Successful candidates will advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and promotion of St. Jerome’s University, its mission and vision.


The Board encourages applications from individuals with a wide range of experience, especially in working with federated educational institutions, and areas related to finance and/or human resources.


Situated in the heart of the University of Waterloo campus, St. Jerome’s University is a public Roman Catholic university federated with the University of Waterloo. As a publically funded institution in our multi-cultural community, we welcome individuals from all faith traditions and backgrounds.


Additional information about SJU is available at here.


Interested individuals should send a letter of introduction that highlights their reason for seeking membership on our Board and an up-to-date résumé by email to Kierra Cali, administrative support to the Board of Governors (


The University respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. Applications from all qualified individuals are encouraged. Candidates requiring accommodation should contact Kierra Cali:


            519-884-8111 ext. 28237, or, or

290 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G3


Applications will be considered by the Board of Governors’ Governance Committee by January 17, 2018. Prospective candidates will be contacted by Kierra Cali and will be invited for an interview in February 2018.