University Council election season in full swing

46 alumni compete for 10 positions

Alumni may vote via email ballot until Jun. 15 at 9 a.m.

Queen’s alumni are eligible to vote in the ongoing University Council elections. 

Voting to fill 10 University Councillor positions opened on Jun. 1. Alumni may vote via email ballot until Jun. 15 at 9 a.m.        

The University Council works directly in a manner that promotes Queen’s wellbeing and reputation. The Council is an advisory body that works alongside the Senate and Board of Trustees as part of the three main governance organs of Queen’s.

Councillors are alumni elected by their peers and act as ambassadors for the University. They are heavily immersed in committee work, including academic and social policies within the University. Councillors are elected to four-year terms and may be re-elected to a maximum of three terms. 

This year, 46 candidates are running for ten vacant Council positions.

Each election, the Queen’s Alumni Review advertises vacant positions and an invite is sent to all alumni to nominate candidates. To be nominated, a candidate must have two fellow alumni as their nominators. Additionally, a standing Nominating Committee has the ability nominate candidates.

This year, candidates vary significantly in age, as well as academic and professional backgrounds.

Student and alumni organizations including Reform Smith and the Queen’s Black Alumni Chapter have released formal endorsements for candidates through social media.

The 10 successful candidates will be announced on Jun. 16 along with an issues bulletin in the Queen’s Alumni Review.

The councillors’ terms will begin on Sept. 1.

If alumni have questions about the election process, they can contact ucouncil@queensu.ca or univsec@queensu.ca

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