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Search Begins for New Board of Governors Chair

Andy Burgess_USE THIS cropA committee of Old Boys, parents and senior volunteers has been struck to find and nominate the next chair of the Upper Canada College Board of Governors. Old Boy and parent Andy Burgess ’83 concludes his term in January 2016.

The committee will meet with key stakeholders and past and current governors in its search for a new chair over the next several months. The committee includes Michael MacMillan ’74 (board chair 2004–09 and former Foundation trustee), Roly Browning Watt’62 (Foundation chair 2001–08), Richard Phillips ’85 (Foundation chair 2009-2014), Jill Denham (governor and current parent), David MacDougall ’81 (former governor and Foundation trustee, and current parent), Sue Guichon (governor and past parent), as well as Mr. Burgess.

“It’s been a privilege to serve the College in such a meaningful capacity,” says Mr. Burgess. “It’s time to step aside and find a worthy successor whose talents can be directed to the mission of the College as we enter a new phase in our evolution as a leading school in educating boys.”

The Board of Governors establishes and directs policy for the College, oversees its financial affairs and appoints the principal. It’s composed of 15 governors, including eight which are appointed by the board for four-year terms, three appointed by the Association Council and four ex-officio members under the Upper Canada College Act. The board also includes an honorary chair and a secretary. The chairman of the UCC Foundation attends all meetings.

Current board chair Burgess is managing director of Russell Square Partners, executive chairman of Repath Industries and Vice-Chair of the Daily Bread Food Bank. Burgess and his wife Beth have a daughter and two sons, Charlie ’13 and Campbell ’18.

“Andy has been an unparalleled champion of the $100-million Think Ahead Campaign, specifically the College’s financial assistance program, one of the largest in the independent school sector,” says Principal Jim Power. “His successor will have big shoes to fill as we turn our attention towards articulating UCC’s future vision over the next several years.”

The new board chair will be named at the AGM in October.