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4.1.1 The President

Approved by the Regents on September 12, 1996

The authority and duties of the President are explicitly delegated by the Board of Regents and include all obligations for all University educational and managerial affairs. The President is the chief executive officer of the University and the executive agent of the Board of Regents. The President exercises a general superintendence over all the affairs of the University in accordance with the policies of the Board of Regents and provides leadership and advice to the Board of Regents in carrying out its responsibilities.

Effective Presidential leadership is essential to the proper operation of the governance system. The effectiveness of the board and of the system of institutional governance depend on the ability of the President to cultivate a climate of respect, trust, and openness in which dialectical processes of participatory decision making can flourish.

Proper growth and qualitative improvement of the University require the President to bring strong and effective leadership to each of the following functions:

  • Educational program and policy development
  • Comprehensive institutional planning
  • Faculty and staff development and welfare
  • Financial strengthening and budgetary planning
  • Fund-raising and constituency relations
  • Physical facility development and improvement
  • Governance processes, decision making, and policy formation
  • Personnel and employment policy development
  • Enrollment management and forecasting

It is understood that a President must appoint a senior staff of Vice Presidents and a Provost to whom the authority and obligations of many of these functions are assigned. This senior staff serves at the discretion of the President and is selected with broad consultation from constituent groups. The arrangement of duties under each member of his/her staff will change as University priorities and personnel change.

The President leads in the design and maintenance of a structure of councils and committees, formed on a representative basis from the major University constituencies, for the purpose of fostering communication, information sharing and dialogue in the review of proposed policies, plans, and budgets. Such groups should be advisory to the President and through him/her to the Board of Regents or, in the case of less general issues, to an appropriate University officer. It is understood that there is a distinction between those committees which have a University-wide role as described above, and those that report to a specific constituency, and this distinction will be taken into consideration in the design and structure of the committees. It is appropriate in the case of the latter that the constituent group devise its own procedure for selecting representatives.

An important emphasis in the President's functions concerns the exercise of leadership in University planning. The President guides the reexamination and realization of the University's mission and provides strong leadership in develo ping, articulating, and implementing the University's planning efforts. The President has primary responsibility for the acquisition and management of resources necessary for the realization of high academic standards and high achievement levels throughout the University. The President mobilizes a planning and budgeting structure and process which embody these principles of governance.

 Organization of University Administration