The Board of Governors at the University of Alberta is a corporation with the name "The Governors of the University of Alberta." It consists of a Chairman appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, the Chancellor, the President and eighteen other persons appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, representing alumni, students, staff, and the general public.
When any question arises as to the powers or duties of the Senate or any other University body or of the President or a Dean or other officer or employee, and these powers and duties are not definitely provided for in the Post-Secondary Learning Act, the Board's decision on the question is final.
There are currently eight Standing Committees (each of which is a "Committee") established by the Board of Governors (the "Board") of the University of Alberta (the "University") pursuant to the Post-Secondary Learning Act:
- Audit and Risk (formerly Audit);
- Finance and Property;
- Human Resources and Compensation;
- Learning and Discovery;
- Reputation and Public Affairs (formerly University Relations); and
- Safety, Health and Environment.
The Board has delegated to each Committee responsibility and authority to make decisions on behalf of the Board in the Committee's defined area of responsibility except to the extent that such authority has been specifically limited by the Board in the Terms of Reference for the Committee.