One of the most important functions of the Board of Regents of the University of the Pacific is to establish the system of institutional governance, policy formation, and decision making, and to monitor the effective functioning of this system. The governance structure of the University is derived from the authority vested in the Board of Regents under the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws of the University. The board is empowered to delegate to other individuals and groups (such as the president, the officers, and the faculty) those functions and powers deemed by the Regents to be appropriate and necessary for the good of the institution and for the effective carrying out of its mission.
The Board of Regents is entrusted with the ultimate responsibility for the quality and integrity of the University. It selects the President, approves the purposes of the University, and ensures provision of adequate resources to support the University. The Board establishes University policy, and where it deems appropriate, delegates to the President, administration and faculty authority to administer and implement these policies. The Board protects the University from external pressures antithetical to academic freedom and to University autonomy or integrity. This protection of academic freedom by the Board of Regents is fundamental to the profession of teaching and scholarship. The faculty is provided full freedom of inquiry in teaching, scholarship and research appropriate to the contractual obligations to the University. The Board differentiates among roles, duties and authority of various persons or constituents of the University and provides stability and continuity to the University through an organized system of University planning, resource management, budgeting and evaluation.
The general principles approved by the Regents that guide the design, operation, and evaluation of the University governance system are the following:
- The governance system is based upon and fosters a shared understanding of the mission and ideals of the University as applied in the operation of educational and support programs.
- The structure of the governance system establishes clear channels for decision making, policy review, and planning and clear lines of authority, responsibility and accountability.
- The decision making system utilizes rigorous periodic evaluation of program effectiveness, particularly in issues affecting resource allocation decisions.
- The structure and processes of governance are designed to foster the cooperation of each of the major campus constituencies and to take advantage of the contributions for which each group has special competence.
Administration is viewed as a service for the achievement of ends beyond itself, and it must always be judged in terms of its utility for enhancing the productivity of the University.