The university and its board promote the advancement of learning and the dissemination of knowledge and promote, in accordance with Christian principles, the intellectual, spiritual, moral, physical and social development of, and a community spirit among, its undergraduates, graduates and teaching staff. Its mandate is also to further the betterment of society, bilingualism and biculturalism, and to preserve and develop French culture in Ontario.
The board is composed of no more than thirty-two members, as follows: the rector, nine appointees of the governors of the university, four appointees of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, two appointees of the senate of the university from among certain of its members, two members elected from among and by the alumni association, eight appointees of the Council of Administration of St. Paul University, two elected faculty, two elected students and two elected staff. The board elects a chair and a vice-chair from among its members.
Members serve a maximum of three years and are eligible for reappointment.
Where a vacancy on the board occurs before the term of office for which a member has been appointed or elected has expired, the vacancy is filled in the same manner and by the same authority as the member whose membership is vacant was appointed or elected, as the case may be, and the member so appointed or elected holds office for the remainder of the term of office of the member whose membership is vacant.
Appointees do not receive remuneration.