University Governance

The Board of Trustees

The University is a corporation and responsibility for its governance is ultimately in the hands of the members of the Board of Trustees. The Board is made up of forty-three active members with at least twelve who are alumni of the University. The full board meets on the campus three times during the academic year, in October, February and May. The Executive Committee of the Board meets more frequently to transact the regular business of the Board. The Board is organized into four standing committees: Academic Affairs, Advancement, Business Affairs and Campus Life, with additional subcommittees to address areas such as Investments, Audit, Buildings and Grounds, Diversity Initiatives and Farm Investments.

The Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students provides reports to the Campus Life Committee three times per year prior to each Board of Trustees meeting. The President and Vice-President of Student Senate are invited to meet with the Campus Life Committee and attend the Board of Trustees' meeting. The Dean also reports regularly to the Executive Committee of the Board.

The President

The President of the University is the chief executive officer of the corporation, elected by and serving at the pleasure of the Board. The President is responsible for the implementation of the policies and programs adopted by the Board. Subject to the authority of the Executive Committee, the President may create and fill any administrative or academic position or office deemed necessary to the effective functioning of the University. As chief executive officer, the President is the official medium of communication between staff and the Board and between students and the Board; and, subject to authority of the Board, the President enters into salary contracts, institutional memberships and other matters on its behalf.

President’s Cabinet

The administrative heads of Academic Affairs, Admissions, Admissions and Enrollment Management, Advancement, Business and Finance, Student Affairs, and Enrollment and Marketing serve on the President's Cabinet. Other academic and administrative directors also serve on Cabinet at times.  This group meets with the President regularly to coordinate the administration of University affairs and to advise the President on policy matters.

Organization Chart

The Faculty

In 1984, the faculty adopted a constitution subsequently accepted by the Board of Trustees outlining the responsibility and organization of the faculty and further defining the role of the faculty in the decision-making processes of the University. The constitution may be found at

The faculty's major obligation is to establish and maintain an institutional environment where excellence in instruction and learning is possible. In order to fulfill this function, the concern and participation of the faculty are vitally important in several areas:

  1. Selection, retention, promotion and economic status of those who are members of its ranks
  2. Academic freedom of faculty members to determine and pursue their own teaching and research, and their unencumbered participation in the political and social life of the wider community
  3. Review and maintenance of a curriculum
  4. Establishment of the standards of admission, separation, achievement and graduation of students
  5. Personal contact with and counsel to students
  6. Interest in the financial health of the University
  7. Assistance in the selection of the President of the University and others concerned with academic affairs
  8. Encouragement of responsible student participation in the University community

Administrative Organization


Academic Affairs (Provost and Dean of the Faculty)
Academic Advising
Academic Departments, Schools and Programs
Academic Personnel Management
Academic Records, Class Scheduling, Registration
Academic Requirements and Standards
Information Technology 
University Catalog and Faculty Handbook
University Library

Admission and Enrollment Management/Financial Aid (Deans of Admissions and Enrollment Management)
Admissions Strategy
Event Management
Financial Aid
Marketing Initiative
Student Admission
Student Recruitment

Business Affairs (Vice President for Business and Finance)
Bookstore (Hansen Student Center)
Budget                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Conference Services (jointly with Student Affairs)                                                                                                                                         Financial Accounts and Records
Food Service (Sodexho America)(Jointly with Student Affairs)
Human Resource and Benefit Services
Insurance and Risk Management
Management and Investment of Resources
Physical Plant
Wellness Program

Development (Vice President for University Advancement)
Alumni Relations
Annual Fund Programs
Capital Fund Programs
Corporate and Foundation Relations
Donor Recognition
Major Gifts
Planned Giving

University Communications (Vice President for Public Relations)
Media Relations
Publications, Printing and Mailing Services
Sports Information

Student Affairs (Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students)
Alcohol Awareness/Education
Arnold Health Service
Career Center
Co-Curricular Programming 

Conference Planning (jointly with Business Affairs)
Counseling and Consultation Services
Food Service (jointly with Business Affairs)
Fraternity and Sorority Life
Hansen Student Center
Judicial Affairs
New Student and Family Orientation                                                                                                                                                                 Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)
Residential Life
Security and Safety
Student Activities
Student Handbook
University Chaplain

University Committees

Faculty committees are established by the Faculty Constitution. The standing, elective committees are as follows:

Council on University Programs and Policy
Curriculum Council including Curriculum Development and Academic Standards
Faculty Development Committee
Hearing Committee
Nominating Committee
Promotion and Tenure Committee

In addition to the committees specifically established by the Faculty Constitution, there are numerous other special purpose groups, most of which include members drawn from the faculty, the staff and the student body. Included among these appointive committees are the following representative groups:

All University Judiciary Committee
Bookstore Advisory Committee
Committee on Diversity
Council on Religious Life
First Year Advising Committee
Internship and Career Center Liaison Committee
John Wesley Powell Research Conference Committee
Library Advisory Committee
May Term Advisory Committee
Off-Campus Study Coordinating Committee
Pre-Engineering Advisory Committee
Pre-Law Advisory Committee
Pre-Medical Advisory Committee
Staff Council
Strategic Planning and Budgeting Committee Representatives
Study Abroad Advisory Committee

Additionally, task forces appointed by the President serve for fixed periods of time and focus on specific issues.  University officers may also appoint advisory committees.  An example is the Advisory Committee to the Dean of Students.

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