Board of Governors:
UArctic's highest decision-making body is the Board of Governors (Board). The Board consists of up to 11 individuals who are nominated by the Council to serve in their personal capacities and act on behalf of UArctic. The Board has the authority and primary responsibility for:
- Strategic planning and setting institutional priorities
- Organizational development and institutional accountability Fundraising, finances, and budgeting (including personnel)
- Public and external relations
The Board works with the Council and Administration on relevant issues. It may delegate specific tasks on the understanding that the Board maintains ultimate control over and responsibility for these functions.
Council of the University of the Arctic:
The Council of the University of the Arctic (Council) consists of representatives of all UArctic member insitutions. The Council gives strategic guidance on academic priorities, and acts as a forum for cooperation on the implementation of UArctic programs through member institutions.
The Council has the authority and primary responsibility for:
- Initiating and overseeing program development and delivery
- Prioritizing academic programs within the approved program structure
- Representing UArctic's members in its overall governance, including the authority to elect members of the Board
All members have equal representation on Council, but differ in their role in the development and delivery of UArctic programs.
Friends of the University of the Arctic:
The Council and the Board, acting together, may invite distinguished individuals to serve as 'Friends of the University of the Arctic'. The advice of the Friends of the University of the Arctic is welcome on all programmatic activities, or on any matter pertaining to the University, but they are not responsible individually or collectively for the operation of the University. Friends of the University of the Arctic may be asked to serve as a special advisor for program areas where their special competence may be relevant. There are no fixed terms of office for these advisory positions.