Governance and Administration

Governance at TRU is divided into three bodies responsible for corporate and academic decision-making.

The Board of Governors makes decisions on such matters as property development, labour and finance. The Senate and the Planning Council for Open Learning make decisions on such matters as curriculum, credentials, admissions and educational policies. The composition, powers and duties of each governing body are legislated by the Province of British Columbia in the Thompson Rivers University Act.

Board of Governors

Corporate Decisions

The Board of Governors is responsible for the management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business, and affairs of the university, except those affairs vested in the Senate or the Planning Council for Open Learning.


Academic Decisions

The Senate is responsible for the academic affairs of the university. The Senate sets criteria for awarding credentials, curriculum content, qualifications for admission, and educational policies and procedures.

Planning Council for Open Learning

Distance and Online Learning

The Planning Council for Open Learning sets the admissions and residency requirements for courses, programs and credentials offered through TRU’s Open Learning Division.

Official TRU Policies

TRU policies and regulations are developed by the Board of Governors, Senate, and Planning Council for Open Learning. The President’s Council develops operational policies.

Office of the President

TRU is a public post-secondary institution, funded by the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The University Act legislates the leadership of the university, including the powers, duties and offices of the president. The president holds the offices of vice-chancellor, member of the Board of Governors and chair of the Senate.

Dr. Brett Fairbairn

Dr. Brett Fairbairn

President and Vice-Chancellor

The President and Vice-Chancellor is the chief executive officer, responsible to the Board of Governors and Senate for the supervision of TRU's administrative and academic work. Advising and reporting to the President are the Provost and Vice-President Academic and Research, the Vice-President Administration and Finance, the Vice-President University Relations, the Office of the General Counsel and Secretariat, the Vice-President International, and the Special Advisor to the President on Indigenous Matters.

Provost and Vice-President Academic

Donna Murnaghan, Provost and Vice-President Academic (Interim), provides leadership for TRU’s academic operations, including teaching and learning, research, and students.

Vice-President Administration and Finance

Matt Milovick, Vice-President Administration and Finance, provides leadership for TRU’s administrative operations, including services, resources, and reporting.

Vice-President University Relations

Brian Daly, Vice-President University Relations, provides leadership for TRU’s internal and external relations and includes oversight of advancement, marketing and communications and government relations.

General Counsel and Secretariat

The Office of the General Counsel and Secretariat represents the legal interests of the university and its officers and employees while acting on TRU's behalf.

Vice-President International

Baihua Chadwick, Vice-President International, is responsible for the operations of TRU World, the international arm of the university, including international marketing, recruitment, student support, international partnerships, contract training as well student international mobility.

Vice-President Research

Dr. Will Garret-Petts, TRU’s Interim VP of Research, develops partnerships with other universities, institutes, foundations, and organizations; accesses new resources and funding for TRU; and develops opportunities that benefit both faculty and students.

News from the Office of the President

Dr. Gillian Balfour

TRU chooses new provost after national search

Dr. Gillian Balfour has accepted the position of TRU’s Provost and Vice-President Academic, effective July 1.

Standing in support with T’exelc

President Brett Fairbairn writes with thoughts for the Williams Lake First Nation (T’exelc), who have identified potential burial sites.

What is TRU’s Role in the Pandemic Recovery?

TRU looks forward to being a crucial part of our society's collective effort to put COVID behind us

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