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SUBJECT: 300s: Governance and Organization EFFECTIVE: May 15, 2017
Section: 305.1 College and University Presidents' Authority and Responsibilities

  1. The Board delegates to the president of each institution full authority and responsibility to administer the affairs of the institution in accordance with Board policies, plans, budgets, and standards, including the management and expenditure of all institutional funds, within budgetary and other limitations imposed by law or by the Board.

  2. The president is the chief executive officer of the institution and a member of the Chancellor's executive staff. The president reports and is responsible to the Chancellor for all matters concerning the institution and is an advisor to the Chancellor in matters of inter-institutional policy and administration.

  3. Presidents have the authority to work with the Chancellor to develop, shape, and sustain the vision and mission of their institution within the context of the overall university system and to manage their institution on a day-to-day operational basis. Presidents shall consult with the Chancellor on decisions of mutual interest before those decisions are made or announced. Subject to Board policies, system procedures, and Board and Chancellor directives, presidents:

    1. Are responsible for carrying out approved policies, guidelines, and regulations governing the management of academic, business, and student affairs, delegating execution to administrative aids and heads of appropriate functional areas.

    2. Have primary responsibility for the internal organization of the institution's administration, including academic, administrative, and student affairs, and the development and management of the physical plant and auxiliary services.

    3. Ensure the assets of the institution are continually directed toward maintaining and sustaining the quality of teaching, research, and service that comprise the mission and goals of the institution.

    4. Are responsible for consensus building; facilitation of quality scholarship; careful management of resources; recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students; problem solving; and promoting the intellectual, physical, and fiscal health of the institution.

    5. Provide the necessary leadership and management skills, including planning and policy development, for the institution to achieve its mission and goals.

    6. Ensure excellence in the institution's teaching, research, and service missions while maintaining the strength of the institution's academic and co-curricular programs and furthering the recruitment and retention of outstanding teachers, scholars, staff, and students.

    7. Maintain a productive relationship with faculty, students, staff, and alumni.

    8. Ensure a fair and appropriate distribution of resources to support and sustain the institution's academic, research, and service assets.

    9. Develop and maintain effective and productive relationships with the institution's adjoining communities, business, and government agencies by building strong town-gown partnerships.

    10. Articulate to the institution community the Board's and Chancellor's goals and assigned mission of the institution.

    11. Secure grants, gifts, and contracts from private, state, and federal sources that further the mission and goals of the institution.

    12. Appoint academic and non-academic employees within the limitation of powers delegated by the Board and Chancellor.

    13. Assume primary responsibility for fund-raising and alumni relations.

    14. Shall have an annual performance review by the Chancellor based upon a statement of goals for the year of evaluation which were previously formulated by the President and approved by the Chancellor.

  4. Each president shall:

    1. Ensure effective and broad-based participation in the decision-making process from faculty, staff, students, and others in those areas in which their interests are affected.

    2. Develop and approve or recommend to the Chancellor and the Board, in consultation with appropriate committees or members of the institution, such policies, plans, budgets, programs, and standards affecting the institution as deemed necessary, advisable or as required by the Board.

    3. Make recommendations to the Chancellor concerning all requests for tenure.

    4. Approve all personnel actions, except the award or change in tenure status, involving all faculty members and other institution employees.

    5. Notify the Chancellor of any dismissal or termination of senior staff.

    6. Review and evaluate all recommendations transmitted to the Chancellor or the Board from the institution.

    7. Define the scope of authority of faculties, councils, committees and administrative officers of the institution.

    8. Establish a process for adoption and implementation of institution policies and procedures that includes: (1) the president's approval before a policy takes effect; and (2) authority for the president to adopt interim policies and procedures concerning matters for which legislative authority is delegated to campus legislative bodies. Adoption of an interim policy or procedure must include notice to the faculty senate or other legislative body prior to or at the time the policy or procedure takes effect. Not later than six months of its effective date, the president shall present the interim policy or procedure to the appropriate legislative body for review and its decision, subject to the president's approval or veto, concerning whether the policy or procedure should be adopted, revised or discontinued.

    9. Assume responsibility for the establishment of guidelines for student conduct which set forth prohibited conduct and provide for appropriate disciplinary procedures and sanctions for violation of institutional rules, consistent with standards of procedural fairness.

    10. Maintain good relations and effective communication with the Chancellor and Chancellor's staff, the Board and other North Dakota institutions of higher education and cooperate with other NDUS institutions to improve academic offerings, expand access to higher education, promote faculty development, improve support services, reduce unnecessary duplication and enhance efficiency.

    11. Inform and advise the Chancellor and Board regarding significant issues at the institution.

    12. Maintain good relations with the public by:
      1. Developing sound relationships between the institution and the community and region in which it is located and the public it serves
      2. Establishing and administering a development program with alumni and other institutional supporters,
      3. Interpreting the institution and its mission to the public, and
      4. Developing good relationships with legislators and with other public policy makers in coordination with the Chancellor.

    13. Be accountable for all funds, equipment, property, including the security of information systems and data, as well as and other facilities assigned or provided to the institution.
      1. a. Prepare an annual report to the Chancellor that details efforts that the institution has undertaken to comply with information technology policies found in Section 1200 of the SBHE Policies as well as related procedures and standards.

    14. Consistently suspport and adhere to, and require responsible institution officers and employees to support and adhere to, Board beliefs and core values set forth in Policy 100.5, Board policies and NDUS procedures, and Board and Chancellor directives and guidelines.

    15. Exercise such other authority and perform such other responsibilities as may be assigned by the Chancellor or the Board.

  5. A president may delegate duties and responsibilities as necesssary or appropriate.

  6. In exercising this authority and carrying out these responsibilities, a president shall strive at all times to conform to and advocate the Board's beliefs and core values.

  7. Presidents are hired by the pleasure of the Board. Each president shall have a written contract. The Chancellor shall annually evaluate a president's performance as provided and report on the evaluation to the Board.

    1. Presidents shall have an initial appointment of three years and may receive subsequent appointments between one and three years in duration.

    2. If the Board terminates a president's appointment without cause, the president will receive an amount equal to twelve months' salary and benefits based on the president's salary and benefits at the time of the termination. Alternatively, a president of a four-year institution who has a tenured faculty appointment may exercise "retreat rights" instead of receiving an amount equal to twelve months' salary and benefits. "Retreat rights" allow the president to revert to a tenured faculty position in the department in which he or she received tenure.

  8. In consultation with the Board, the Chancellor may initiate dismissal of a president for just cause during the contract term and shall provide a written notice of intent to do so and an opportunity for a hearing conducted by the Chancellor. The Chancellor shall provide not less than five days for a response by the president following delivery of notice of intent, prior to a dismissal decision. The Chancellor may suspend a president with pay and benefits or reassign a president to other duties pending a decision. The hearing may be limited to Chancellor review of the president's written response to the notice and opportunity to submit additional information or, in the Chancellor's discretion, may include an opportunity for an informal meeting with the Chancellor. Following the hearing conducted by the Chancellor, the Chancellor may recommend dismissal or other appropriate action by the Board. Following a dismissal decision or imposition of other discipline by the Board, a president may, within 10 days of notice of the Board's decision, file with the Board secretary or general counsel a written appeal and request for evidentiary hearing, which must be accompanied by a specification of reasons for the request. The Board shall then conduct or arrange for a hearing. The Board may appoint a hearing officer or administrative law judge to conduct the hearing and make findings of fact, conclusions of law and a recommendation to the Board, which shall then make a final decision based on the hearing record.

  9. A tenured faculty member at a NDUS institution who is appointed president shall retain that status during the term as president.

Reference: NDUS Procedure - 301  

History:
SBHE Minutes, February 19, 1982.
SBHE Amendment, March 14, 1989.
SBHE Amendment, May 24-25, 1990.
SBHE Amendment, January 20, 1994.
SBHE Amendment, May 21, 1998.
SBHE Amendment, February 17-18, 2000.
SBHE Amendment, April 15, 2004.
SBHE Amendment, May 5, 2005.
SBHE Amendment, April 12, 2012.
SBHE Amendment, September 26, 2012.
SBHE Amendment, June 20, 2013.
SBHE Amendment, May 15, 2017.
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