AbstractMcGill University was created two years before the birth of Queen Victoria and, thus, came into a very different world from that in which it must function today. For most of its history, it was patterned on its senior sister institutions in Great Britain and an Oxbridge training was considered a highly desirable qualification for academic posts. A century and a half after its founding, MeGill's situation is very different. Its British academic tradition has faded before North American and world-wide influences. Within McGill, broader participation in governance by staff and students, and the general trend in modern society towards more complex infra-structures, have contributed to a proliferation of administrative structures and committees.