The Catholic University of America

Faculty Handbook: Part I
The Government of the University
The Organization of the University

Executive Officers

Archived 11/30/05

Changes made per Secretary of the Board

*Minor revisions made from prior descripton of the makeup of the Board of Trustees
and Executive Officers. Areas changed or deleted are in red.


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 honorary degrees 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 Executive Vice President 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 for sabbatical 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 and Treasurer is responsible for liaison with 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 Affairs supervises the operation of services to students and the conduct of student activities, including those in athletics and intercollegiate sports. There are offices for Academic Assistance, Career Services, Counseling, Health Services, Housing and Resident Life, International Students, and Minority Students. The Cardinal Center provides lounges and meeting rooms for student activities. The Director of Athletics has offices in the gymnasium.

The Vice President for University Relations has oversight of the offices of Alumni Relations, Development, and Public Relations and Publications. 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 President's Council includes, in addition to the Vice Presidents, the Chaplain of the University, the Director of Information Systems and Planning, the General Counsel, and the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies.