Governance and Administration

Governance and Administration

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Board of Directors of the Corporation

Ultimate custodianship of the University’s interests is vested in a seven-member Corporate Board of Directors, which includes the founders of the University Corporation. The board functions as an overseer entity in accordance with the provisions of its Articles of Incorporation, by-laws, and all pertinent statutes.

Board of Trustees

The operation and development of the University and the regulation and management of its affairs are governed by the 13-21 member Board of Trustees. Nominations to membership of the Board of Trustees may be made by any current Trustee of the University. The Board of Trustees has direct responsability for the operation of the University through its powers to appoint and supervise the Chancellor of the University. Other functions of the Trustees include mobilizing resources and building assets of the University on a continuing basis, approving policies and strategic plans, and the annual budget for the University’s operation and development. The incumbent trustees of the University represent a wide variety of backgrounds, demonstrate exceptional professional caliber, and bring a wide experience of community involvement and public interest work.

The Chancellor

The Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of the University and an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees and of all Committees of the Board. Among the Chancellor’s responsibilities are:

  • Supervising the day-to-day operation of the University in accordance with the policies approved by the Board of Trustees.
  • Enforcement of University rules and regulations.
  • Management of fiscal matters.
  • Appointment, supervision, evaluation and removal of all academic and administrative personnel of the University.
  • Initial approval and presentation to the Board of Trustees of the policies and procedures of all academic and administrative committees and councils of the University.
  • Preparation of reports on the state of the University required by various agencies.
  • Managing the University’s relations with other educational agencies and institutions.

Administrative Organization

The organizational structure of the University integrates relationships and functions of employees in a way designed to support the institutional mission. The organizational chart illustrates this organizational structure and fundamental accountability, authority, and responsibility relationships.

A team decision-making approach ensures extensive communication among top and midlevel executives and the faculty, improving the quality of decisions, facilitating team allegiance, and educating team members concerning the intricacies of each major operating unit of the University. It also provides peer regulation of performance expectations and timeliness. Key decision-making groups are comprised of selected members of the administrative and academic staff of the University and include:

  • The Administrative Core Group, which oversees University management issues, and makes or reviews recommendations to the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees.
  • The Faculty Council, which adopts and revises academic policies, programs, curriculum, and faculty personnel policies.
  • The Curriculum and General Education Committee, which makes reccomendations to the Faculty Council on all curricular matters and the General Education program.
  • The Standing Committee on University Planning, which creates, tracks, and adjusts the strategic plan.
  • The Development and University Relations Committee, which coordinates the functions of the offices of development, grantsmanship, public relations, and publications.
  • The Student Success Committee, which works to enhance student persistence, retention, and graduation.

The General Assembly of the University consists of all full-time members of the academic and administrative staff and the Chancellor. It meets at least twice a year for planning retreats. It makes policy recommendations for action by the Chancellor for purposes of the University’s efficient operation and development. It may also appoint advisory committees on academic programs, and recommend policies regulating student work, fiscal resources, administrative organization, and other aspects of institutional governance.