Board of Trustees Committee Descriptions
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- EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE - This committee is comprised of Officers of the Board, along with other Trustees at the request of the Board Chair. In addition to making decisions delegated to it by the Board, the Executive Committee advises the Head of School and Board Chair, sets the agendas for Board meetings, and coordinates the work of the Board including the work on annual and strategic initiatives. In addition, this committee meets annually with the RSHM Provincial Council.
- TASK FORCE ON ENROLLMENT: The market for school enrollment continues to face increased competition with more school options and fewer available qualified students. The unprecedented challenges from the global pandemic and schools switching to hybrids of remote learning also may impact enrollment and retention. Created last year, the Task Force explores innovations in the admissions process and oversaw the creation of the neurodiversity learning differentiation program with our new learning specialist. This task force will continue to explore and analyze budgetary, programmatic and marketing trends to help inform recommendations that could positively impact admission and retention of qualified, mission-aligned students.
- LEGAL & REPUTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (LARAC): This committee works to support Marymount and the Head of School regarding legal and reputational issues or crises facing the school. The scope of the committee is to review policies and procedures, offer advice and oversight of legal matters and oversight of communications strategy to address reputation and PR issues. Reports to the Board of Trustees.
- COMMITTEE ON TRUSTEES (COT): This committee works with Trustees to nominate and select candidates for the Board. COT oversees the quality of the Board and the Board’s self-management, including measuring Board effectiveness in fulfilling mission. This committee also works with the Board Chair and School Administration advising and aiding in Board management, determining committee assignments, and planning Board orientation and retreats.
- ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE: This committee oversees and assumes a leadership role in the school’s fundraising activities, and advises the Board on financial goals pertaining to contributed income. The committee monitors all development activity in regard to the Annual Fund, foundations, major gifts, special projects, and fundraising activities and events.
- FINANCE COMMITTEE: This committee works to fulfill the Board’s primary responsibility to ensure the sound financial condition of the school. The Finance Committee develops and monitors the long‐range financial plan and the annual operating budget, and it recommends tuition levels to be brought to motion before the Board.
- INVESTMENT SUBCOMMITTEE: This Subcommittee develops and recommends policies regarding the investment of our endowment, and the amount of return on investments that will be used in the school’s operating budget.
- AUDIT SUBCOMMITTEE: The primary responsibility of this Subcommittee is oversight of the audit function. It recommends the independent auditor for Board approval; works with the auditor to establish the scope of the audit; recommends approval of the annual audit by the Board; and monitors the implementation of the recommendations included in the auditor's letter. The Audit Subcommittee is independent of the Finance Committee because it includes evaluation of how the Finance Committee performs its oversight of the School's resources.
- RSHM MISSION & HERITAGE COMMITTEE: This committee works to ensure strategic attention to the ongoing institutionalization of Marymount’s mission and heritage. The committee oversees the development and implementation of an orientation for all Board members in the history, heritage, charism and mission of the RSHM, and supports the implementation of an orientation for all new employees. The Committee also assists with the planning and coordination of activities relating to key institutional anniversaries (e.g. the School’s 100th anniversary in the 2023-24 academic year). In addition, this committee interfaces with the school’s Mission Integration Steering Committee, and supports our active participation in the RSHM International Network of Schools.
- ACCREDITATION COMMITTEE (PROGRAM SUPPORT): This committee works with School Administration to assess overall school performance in concert with the Strategic Plan and the Action Plan resultant from the WCEA/WASC/CAIS accreditation. This committee reviews policy and philosophy issues pertaining to recruitment and retention of faculty and staff. Note: Setting curriculum is the responsibility of the Head of School and Faculty, and is not a function of this committee.
- COMMITTEE ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION (DEI): As custodians of the diversity and multicultural initiatives mandated within the school’s mission statement, the DEI Committee acts as a resource to the Head of School and is responsible for overseeing and helping to guide strategic school policies that ensure that the mission of the school is being fulfilled, specifically in relation to planning and execution on antiracist and anti-bias plans of action. The DEI Committee also helps to guide ongoing Board development in this essential area and works with the newly formed BIPOC Community Advisory Committee.