Board of Regents Policy Manual

Official Policies of the University System of Georgia

2.6 Presidential Authority and Responsibilities

2.6.1 Executive Head of Institution

The President of each University System of Georgia (USG) institution shall be the executive head of the institution and all its departments and shall exercise supervision and direction to promote the efficient operation of the institution. The President is responsible to the Chancellor for the operation and management of the institution and for the execution of all directives of the Board of Regents and the Chancellor.

2.6.2 Ex-Officio Faculty Chair

The President shall be the ex-officio chair of the faculty and a member of all faculties and other academic bodies within the institution. The President may preside at faculty meetings. The President may call meetings of any council, senate, assembly, committee, or governance body at his or her institution at any time, may chair the governance body, and may preside at the meetings. The President shall decide all questions of jurisdiction, not otherwise defined by the Chancellor, of the several councils, faculties, and officers.

The President may veto any act of any council, faculty, or committee of his or her institution but, in doing so, shall transmit to the proper officer a written statement of the reason for such veto. A copy of each veto statement shall be transmitted to the Chancellor.

The President shall be the official medium of communication between the faculty and the Chancellor and between the council, senate, assembly, committee, or governance body and the Chancellor.

2.6.3 Personnel Policies

The President is responsible for the initial appointment of faculty members and administrative employees of each institution and the salary and all promotions of those employees. The President may reappoint faculty members and administrative employees except as otherwise specified in this Policy Manual. The President may accept the resignation of any employee of his or her institution on behalf of the Board of Regents.

To ensure accountability and effective management of the institution, the President shall consult with the Chancellor or the Chancellor’s designee about significant personnel actions involving certain administrative employees as required by other provisions of this Policy Manual. These employees include, but may not be limited to, the chief business officer, chief academic officer, Title IX coordinator, and internal auditor.

The President may grant leaves of absence for members of the faculty for study at other institutions or for such reasons as the President may deem proper.

The President shall make such reports as required from time to time to the Board, through the Chancellor, of the condition of the institution under his or her leadership.

2.6.4 Agreements

The President may execute, accept, or deliver, on behalf of the Board of Regents, the following types of research agreements, settlement agreements, service agreements, and reciprocal emergency law enforcement agreements affecting his or her institution:

  1. Research or service agreements whereby the institution concerned, for monetary compensation or other good and valuable consideration, agrees to perform certain institution-oriented research or other personal services within a time period of one year or less;
  2. Agreements between USG institutions and hospitals or other organized medical facilities, both public and private, whereby the hospital or medical facility concerned agrees to provide clinical services to nursing and other students enrolled in nursing and allied health programs at the institution concerned, which are subject to cancellation by either party;
  3. Reciprocal emergency law enforcement agreements between USG institutions and county and municipal authorities, as authorized by the Georgia Mutual Aid Act, as amended;
  4. Settlements of grievances and complaints, including those filed by state and federal agencies, that do not include a monetary commitment of more than $100,000. Notice of settlements shall be filed with the University System Office of Legal Affairs; and, 5. Any agreements necessary for the day-to-day operation of the institution.

2.6.5 Delegation of Authority and Responsibilities

The President may delegate his or her authority and responsibilities under Board of Regents’ Policy unless expressly prohibited by the Board of Regents.

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