Board of Governors

The Board of Governors, comprised of ex officio members, faculty representation, student representation, alumni representation, appointed members and observers, is the highest governing body of St. Thomas University. It has the authority to regulate and manage the affairs of the university while adhering to its by-laws and policies.

Consistent with its by-laws, the board holds an annual meeting scheduled on or around Spring Convocation in May and must hold at least three other meetings during the year. In practice, the board meets approximately eight times each year.

From the various representative groups, the board has designated committees that pertain to the overall well-being and functioning of the university. These include committees for Executive, Finance, Investment, Governance, Human Resources, Nominating, Advancement, Government Relations, Senior Administration Compensation Committee, Joint Board-Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees, and Joint Board-Senate Committee on the Growth and Future of St. Thomas University. 

Ex officio

Most Rev. Christian Riesbeck, B.Soc.Sc, STB, MDiv – Founding Member
Dawn Russell, BA, LLB, LLM - President and Vice-Chancellor
Kim Fenwick, BSc, MA, PhD - Vice President (Academic and Research)


Tammy Augustine, BA, LLB (Oct. 2024)

David Farrar, BA, LLB (May 2024)
David Ferguson, BA (Mar. 2025)

Marlene Floyd, BA (May 2025)

Peter R. Forestell, QC, BA, LLB (Feb. 2023) - Chair
Krista Han, CPA, CA, FEA (Mar. 2025)

Brent Henry, CPA, CA (May 2025)
Tom Isaac, BA (Honours), MA, LLB, LLM (Oct. 2022)

Carolyn MacKay, BN, MBA (Jan. 2023)

Daniel McCarthy, BComm, FCPA, DComm (May 2022)

Sister Mary Beth McCurdy, BA, BTh, MA (Dec. 2024)

Graydon Nicholas, BSc, LLB, MSW (Dec. 2024) – Chancellor

Phillippe Ouellette, BA, MA (Sept. 2024)
Stephen Ward, BA, MA, PhD (May 2022)

Bill Whalen, BA, APR, FCPRS (Oct. 2023)


Tom Bateman, BA, MA, PhD (Oct. 2022)

Karla O'Regan, BA, MA, JD, LLM, PhD (Oct. 2022)
Christina Szurlej, BA, MA, PhD (Oct. 2021)


Don Bossé, BA, BEd, MMus (Oct. 2021)

Stephanie Underhill Tomilson, BA, BEd, MEd (Dec. 2022)



Jessie-Lynn Cross (April 2022)



Jeffrey Carleton, BA, MA (Associate Vice-President, Communications)
Lily Fraser, BSc, MHA, CPA, CGA (Vice-President, Finance and Administration)
Jodi Misheal, BA, BEd (Vice-President, Advancement and Alumni Relations)

Tyler MaGee (President, Students’ Union) (April 2022)

Board Member Biographies
Standing Committees
An Act to Incorporate St. Thomas College
Agreement of Affiliation