The Catholic University of America

Archived August 6, 2007

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 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. His rights and duties with respect to the Schools offering ecclesiastical studies and degrees are based upon the Apostolic Constitution Sapientia Christiana and the accompanying Norms of Application. 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. The President is elected by the Board of Trustees after the report of a search committee that must include at least three members of the Faculties. The President is a member of the Board, ex officio, and holds office at the pleasure of the Board. The President's appointments of the Provost and other Vice Presidents, all of whom report directly to him, are subject to approval by the Board. The President(a)appoints Deans and Chairs of Departments after consultations conducted according to procedures outlined by the Academic Senate, (b)appoints members of the Faculties upon the recommendation of the cognizant Dean in each case after completion of the required consultations and (c)with the consent of the cognizant Department and Faculty and the Academic Senate in each case,recommends candidates for appointment with continuous tenure to the Board. The President confers civil degrees earned in course on the recommendation of the cognizant Fac­ulties and the Academic Senate and honorary degrees either on the recommendation of the Academic Senate or his own recommendation when approved by the Board. The acts of the Academic Senate and of each Faculty require the President's approval for validity. The President 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. The President appoints members of University Committees, as well as priest chaplains to serve in the Office of Campus Ministry, who report directly to the President.

The Provost is the chief academic officer and acts for the President in his absence. The Provost is responsible for liaison with the Committee on Academic Affairs of the Board of Trustees. The Provost has continuing general responsibility for the coordination and development of all academic units and programs, including, but not limited to, the Library, the Office of Sponsored Programs, and the Center for Planning and Information Technology. On behalf of the President, the Provost 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. The Provost exercises general supervision of procedures leading to recommendations for appointments with continuous tenure and receives appeals for reconsideration of recommendations against reappointment. The Provost approves applications to external agencies for funding of instructional, research, and service programs.

The Vice President for Finance and Administration, who is also the Treasurer of the University, 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 Vice President also has oversight over the office of Human Resource, Buildings and Grounds, and Maintenance. In addition, the Vice President coordinates and supervises the daily activities of the Internal Auditor, who has direct access to the President, the Chairman of the Audit Committee, and the Chairman of the Board, as necessary. 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 the Vice President's 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 has oversight of the offices of Dean of Students, Athletics, Career Services, Counseling Center, Campus Programs, Health Services, Housing and Resident Life, Multicultural and Special Services, Public Safety, Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate Student Association.

The Vice President for University Development has oversight of the offices of Development and Alumni Relations. The Vice President's 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 for Enrollment Management has oversight over recruitment and, in collaboration with the Deans of the Schools, admission of students into undergraduate and graduate programs. The Vice President also supervises the Office of Financial Aid.

The Vice President and Chief of Staff serves as the Secretary to the Board of Trustees and has oversight of the Office of General Council and the Office of Public Affairs.

The President's Council includes the President, Provost,other Vice Presidents,and other administrators appointed by the President.

Faculty Handbook of The Catholic University of America, 2006 Edition