Chapter 2: Administrative Organization of the University
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2.1 Council on Postsecondary Education
The Council on Postsecondary Education coordinates change and improvement in Kentucky's postsecondary education system as directed by the 1997 Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act.
The Council on Postsecondary Education was established in 1997 as a 15-member board with 12 citizens, one faculty member, and one student appointed by the Governor. The Commissioner of Education is an ex-officio member.
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2.2 Board of Regents
The statutory body of the University is the Board of Regents (created by KRS 164.310; 4527.39: amend Acts 1948, ch. 11, s 2.). This is a bipartisan board consisting of ten members, eight appointed by the governor, one member of the teaching faculty elected by the faculty, and the president of the Student Government Association, provided the elected person is a resident of Kentucky. If the president of the Student Government Association is a non-resident, a resident student is elected to the board by the students of the University. The members of the board elect a chairperson annually.
The appointed members hold office for six years. The student serves a one-year term and the faculty member serves a three-year term.
Upon the recommendation of the president, the board of Regents approves the budget; the employment, promotion, and release of all University personnel; and the general policies for the operation of the University.
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2.2.1 Faculty Representative to the Board of Regents
Kentucky Revised Statute 164.320 states:
The faculty member shall be a teaching or research member of the faculty of his respective university or college of the rank of assistant professor or above. He shall be elected by secret ballot by all faculty members of his university or college of the rank of assistant professor or above. The faculty member shall serve for a term of three years and until his successor is elected and qualified. The faculty member shall be eligible for reelection, but he shall not be eligible to continue to serve as a member of such board if he ceases being a member of the teaching staff of the university or college. Elections to fill vacancies shall be for the unexpired term in the same manner as provided for original election.
2.2.2 General Powers of Board of Regents
Kentucky Revised Statute 164.350 states:
164.350. General powers of Board of Regents. The government of each of the state universities and colleges is vested in its respective board of regents. Each board of regents, when its members have been appointed and qualified, shall constitute a body corporate, with the usual corporate powers, and with all immunities, rights, privileges and franchises usually attaching to the governing bodies of educational institutions. Each board may: (1) Receive grants of money and expend the same for the use and benefit of the university or college; (2) Adopt by-laws, rules and regulations for the government of its members, officers, agents and employees, and enforce obedience to such rules; (3) Require such reports from the president, officers, faculty and employees as it deems necessary and proper from time to time; (4) Determine the number of divisions, departments, bureaus, offices and agencies needed for the successful conduct of the affairs of the university or college; and (5) Grant diplomas and confer degrees upon the recommendation of the president and faculty. (1936, ch. 44)
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The president of the University is the chief executive and academic officer of the
University. The president is elected by the Board of Regents for such term as they deem advisable, not to exceed four years. The president attends all meetings of the Board of Regents.
2.3.1 University Counsel
The University Counsel performs advanced attorney work for the University; provides technical advise and support regarding legal issues; and audits laws, regulations and policies enacted by federal and state governmental entities that apply to University functions, programs and activities.
2.3.2 Affirmative Action Officer
The Affirmative Action Officer provides leadership and support to the cause of equal opportunity and affirmative action throughout the University community. The incumbent is responsible for the effective organization, implementation, and administration of the Morehead State University Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Plan and the University's commitment under the Kentucky Plan for Equal Opportunities in Higher Education. The Affirmative Action Officer represents the University for compliance with all applicable laws and orders.
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2.4 Vice Presidents
2.4.1 Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the institution who reports directly to the President on all academic matters and supervises academic deans and academic affairs office directors who report directly to the Provost. The Provost also works on a regular basis with accrediting agencies to seek and maintain program accreditation and with the Council on Postsecondary Education to review programs.
2.4.2 Vice President for Administration and Fiscal Services
The Vice President for Administration and Fiscal Services is the chief fiscal and business officer of the institution. Incumbent works on a regular basis with state agencies to seek and maintain a close working relationship in budgetary and fiscal areas of responsibility. The Vice President for Administration and Fiscal Services reports directly to the President on all administrative and fiscal matters and supervises office directors and managers.
2.4.3 Vice President for Student Life
The Vice President for Student Life serves as the chief student life officer of the institution and is responsible for establishing and maintaining a student environment which is conducive to learning, provides a sense of community and allows students to fulfill their growth potential through responsible participation and involvement in the total life of the University. The Vice President reports directly to the President on all student life matters.
2.4.4 Vice President for University Relations
The Vice President for University Relations is the chief public relations officer of the University and reports directly to the President. The incumbent supervises administrators who report directly to the Vice President for University Relations. This person works regularly with local, regional, state and national agencies, institutions, and organizations to develop relations, understanding and support for the University.
2.4.5 Vice President for Development
The Vice President for Development is the chief development officer of the University and has primary responsibility for the cultivation, solicitation and acknowledgement of gifts from private, non-governmental sources on an annual, planned and endowed basis. The Vice President for Development assists the President in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts; establishes and maintains productive, continued relationships with alumni and other friends of the University; functions as the Chief Executive Officer of the MSU Foundation, Inc.; and is responsible for the management and oversight of the University's alumni relations program.
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2.5 Deans and Associate Vice Presidents
2.5.1 Dean of the College of Business
The Dean of the College of Business is responsible for administering and providing direct and effective leadership in undergraduate and graduate program development, evaluation, staffing, budgeting and resource management to faculty and staff in the departments in Accounting, Economics, and Finance; Management, Marketing, and Real Estate; and Information Systems. The Dean also oversees the East Kentucky Small Business Development Center. Three department chairs and the Director, East Kentucky Small Business Development Center report directly to the Dean.
2.5.2 Dean of the College of Education
The Dean of the College of Education is responsible for administering and providing direct and effective leadership in undergraduate and graduate program development, evaluation, staffing, budgeting and resource management to faculty and staff in the departments of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Elementary, Reading and Special Education; Leadership and Secondary Education; projects and auxiliary services including the Educational Service Unit, Adult Education Academy, Kentucky Teacher Internship Program, Child Development Association Training Program, and Adult Basic Education Program. Department chairs and select coordinators and directors report directly to the Dean.
2.5.3 Dean of the Caudill College of Humanities
The Dean of the Caudill College of Humanities is responsible for administering and providing direct and effective leadership in undergraduate and graduate program development, evaluation, staffing, budgeting and resource management to faculty and staff in the departments of Art; Communication and Theatre; English, Foreign Languages and Philosophy; Geography, Government and History; Music; Sociology, Social Work and Criminology; and Military Science. Department chairs report directly to the dean.
2.5.4 Dean of the College of Science & Technology
The Dean of the College of Science and Technology is responsible for administering and providing direct and effective leadership in undergraduate and graduate program development, evaluation, staffing, budgeting and resource management to faculty and staff in the departments of Agriculture and Human Sciences, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Industrial Education and Technology, Mathematical Sciences, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Psychology. In addition the dean also coordinates the Space Science Center, University Farm, Campus Greenhouse, Cornucopia Room, Water Testing Laboratory, Multimedia Resource Center, and vocational and technical programs. The dean serves as liaison for the MSU/UK Physician Assistant and Nurse Practioner Programs.
2.5.5 Dean of the Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy
The Dean of the Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy is responsible for administering and providing direct and effect leadership in undergraduate and graduate program development, evaluation, staffing, budgeting, and resource management to faulty and staff. The dean is also responsible for theInstitute's divisions of academic programs and applied research, service and policy. The Institute's faculty and staff report directly to the dean.
2.5.6 Associate Vice President for Graduate and Undergraduate Programs
The Associate Vice President for Graduate and Undergraduate Programs serves in an advisory capacity to the provost and coordinates academic support services, academic advising, and interdisciplinary programs, including general education. The associate vice president reviews and assesses undergraduate programs and implements, directs, and evaluates, in collaboration with college deans, all graduate programs and coordinates the appointment of graduate assistants. The associate vice president is also responsible for the effective administration of the Center for Teaching and Learning (the unit responsible for faculty development), the Office of International Education and the Testing Center.
2.5.7 Associate Vice President for Academic Outreach and Support
The Associate Vice President for Academic Outreach and Support is responsible for providing the overall leadership and administration of extended campus program, distance education, continuing education and academic support services for university students and eligible persons in the service region for the purpose of assisting these students and persons in attaining their educational goals. The associate vice president develops, implements, manages, and assesses, in collaboration with college deans, policies regarding off-campus, continuing education, extended campus and distance education courses and programs. The incumbent is also responsible for the development, planning, implementation, management, and assessment of academic support policies, procedures, and programs that increase the likelihood of retaining and graduating students, especially students who may be at-risk because of low income status, first generation college status, ethnic background, poor academic preparation, disabilities, age (non-traditional adults), career indecision, or lack of motivation. The associate vice president is responsible for staff supervision, budgeting, and grant writing and management.
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2.6 Department Chairs
The chair is directly responsible for the administration of programs in his or her academic department in concert with the departmental faculty and under the supervision of the college dean. The role of the department chair at Morehead State University includes being first in the administrative chain of command between the faculty and dean regarding the duties and responsibilities of faculty. In addition to teaching on a regular basis and staying professionally engaged within her or his discipline, the department chair is responsible for developing and managing the department's class schedules each semester; evaluating and counseling faculty with regard to their professional growth, annual merit awards, tenure and promotion; providing leadership in the continuous process of assessing the quality of the department's academic programs and in the development of new programs; and communicating the achievements and needs of the department programs, faculty and students to both internal and external audiences.
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