CAUT announces independent commission on governance of Canada's Royal Military College

OTTAWA, Sept. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is announcing the creation of an independent commission on the governance of Canada's Royal Military College (RMC).

The distinguished members of the Commission are:
  Robin Boadway, the David Chadwick Smith Chair in Economics at Queen's University;
  Steve Nash, Lt-Colonel (Ret'd), Canadian Forces; formerly Commander, Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit; Operations Officer and Deputy Commander JTF2; and
  Elinor Sloan, Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University and a former defence analyst in the Department of National Defence.

All three of the commissioners are graduates of the Royal Military College.

The terms of reference for the Commission are to examine the governance structure of the Royal Military College, consider alternative models of military college governance, and make recommendations with respect to the preferred governance structure for RMC.

"At the best of times, it is a challenge to have a governance structure for a military college that allows it, as RMC has been historically, to be both an excellent university and a first-class institution for training military officers," said James L. Turk, Executive Director of CAUT. "The significant cuts being made by the federal government to the budget of RMC are bringing to the surface questions about how RMC is governed."

Turk said he is confident that the blue-ribbon commission can provide useful advice to the parties that are involved in the governance of RMC - the Department of National Defence, the Canadian Forces, and the RMC Board of Governors.

While CAUT is creating the Commission and covering the costs of its operation, the Commission will operate independently and will have sole control of the content of its report, which CAUT will publish as submitted. Members of the Commission are serving without remuneration except expenses.

SOURCE: Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)

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Angela Regnier, Communications Officer, 613-726-5186(w); 613-601-6304 (c),

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