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Faculty Handbook Part I (Issued January 2002)
The Government of the University
The Organization of the University

Section 13: Executive Officers

Approved by: Board of Trustees
History: Issued --Jan. 2002
Revised -- Nov. 30, 2005 (per Secretary of the Board)
Additional History
Responsible Official: Vice President & Chief of Staff (202)319-5100


Executive Officers:

The Archbishop of Washington occupies the position of Chancellor ex officio. The Chancellor maintains liaison between the University and the Holy See and between the University and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. His rights and duties with respect to the Schools and Departments offering ecclesiastical studies and degrees are based upon the Apostolic Constitution Sapientia Christiana and the accompanying Norms of Application (see Section 1 and 7). He confers ecclesiastical degrees earned in course on the recommendations of the cognizant Faculties and the Academic Senate.

The President is the chief executive officer of the University. He is elected by the Board of Trustees after, the report of a search committee that must include at least three members of the Faculties. He holds office at the pleasure of the Board, of which he is a member ex officio. His appointments of Vice Presidents, all of whom report directly to him, are subject to approval by the Board. The President appoints Deans and Chairmen of Departments after consultations conducted according to procedures outlined by the Academic Senate. He appoints members of the Faculties upon the recommendation of the cognizant Dean in each case after completion of the required consultations and, with the consent of the cognizant Department and Faculty and the Academic Senate in each case, he recommends candidates for appointment with continuous tenure to the Board. He confers civil degrees earned in course on the recommendation of the cognizant Fac­ulties and the Academic Senate and honorarydegrees on the recommendation of the Academic Senate when approved by the Board. The acts of the Academic Senate and of each Faculty require his approval for validity. He transmits to the Board of Trustees communications of the Academic Senate on such matters as it considers proper and reports to the Academic Senate the decisions of the Board on these matters. He appoints members of University Committees.

The Provost acts for the President in his absence and has such other duties as are delegated to him by the President. Organizational relationships currently in effect are shown in the organization chart of the University.

The Provost is the chief academic officer under the President. He is responsible for liaison with the Committee on Academic Affairs of the Board of Trustees. He has continuing general responsibility for the coordination and development of all academic units and programs, including the Library. On behalf of the President, he receives recommendations for academic appointments and forsabbatical and other leaves of absence and, upon their approval, issues the official letters of appointment or leave. He exercises general supervision of procedures leading to recommendations for appointments with continuous tenure and receives appeals for reconsideration of recommendations against reappointment. He approves applications to external agencies for funding of instructional, research, and service programs.

The Vice President for Finance, Administration and Treasurer is responsible for liaison with the Audit Committee and the Committee on Finance of the Board of Trustees and administers policies involving financial transactions and development of financial resources. The Office of the Controller exercises responsibility for general accounts, grant and contract accounts, student accounts, payroll, and the cashier's office. The Budget Administrator provides assistance in the preparation of the operating budget of the University for approval by the President and the Board of Trustees and is responsible for its administration. The Director of Purchasing procures equipment and supplies in response to authorized requisitions and stocks appropriate items. Since the Treasurer is charged with the collection, receipt, custody, disbursement, expenditure or disposal of all assets of the University, including cash, equipment, supplies, buildings, and real estate, all transactions involving these assets must have his advance approval.

The Vice President for Student Life supervises the operation of services to students and the conduct of student activities, including those in athletics and intercollegiate sports.

The Vice President for University Development has oversight of the offices of Alumni Relations, and Development. His primary responsibility is to assist the President, the Deans, and the Faculties in external relations of the University and in obtaining resources for its support.

The Vice President and Chief of Staff acts as assistant to the president and manages the day-to-day operations of the Office of the President. In addition, the Vice President and Chief of Staff has responsibility for supervising the Equal Opportunity Officer, the General Counsel, Presidential Events and the Office of Public Affairs. This Vice President acts as Secretary of the Board of Trustees and as Secretary of the University.

The Vice President for Enrollment Management is responsible for all areas related to student enrollment and retention. He supervises the Graduate, Undergraduate and Transfer Admissions Offices and the Office of Financial Aid. The Vice President for Enrollment Management has responsibility for managing and implementing system tools that relate to admission and financial aid.

The President's Council includes, in addition to the Vice Presidents, the General Counsel, and the Executive Director of Public Affairs.