In matters of University Governance, the President is advised by groups representing the three major constituencies of the University: the faculty, the staff, and students.

The Faculty Senate

The Valdosta State University Faculty Senate serves as the mechanism for shared governance at the University and is the body to which the statutory, standing, and special committees of the Senate report.

The Faculty Senate functions as the representative, deliberative, advisory, and legislative body of the General Faculty. For more information about the Senate, visit its website at Faculty members may serve as elected Senators from their college, or they could also volunteer to serve as members of various Senate committees.

Last updated March 24, 2022.

The Council on Staff Affairs (COSA)

The Council on Staff Affairs (COSA) recommends to the President of the University suggestions for the improvement of policies and procedures related to the general welfare of all concerned within the University community. COSA is comprised of classified-staff employees, representing every division and two “at large” members. Further information about COSA is available at

Last updated March 24, 2022.

Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government Association (SGA) works closely with the Valdosta State University (VSU) administration striving for data-driven decision-making solutions to VSU’s opportunities and challenges. Uniquely, the Valdosta State University Student Government Association serves as the mechanism to ensure VSU students feel heard and valued. SGA seeks to ensure the VSU student experience is continually improving. More information about the SGA is available at

Last updated March 24, 2022.

University Council

The University Council is an advisory group to the President that is charged with strategic planning, policy approval, and information sharing. Its membership includes representatives from the groups listed above as well as the President’s Cabinet and other members of the administrative leadership team.

Last updated March 24, 2022.

Budget Advisory Council

The Budget Advisory Council (BAC) is an advisory group to the President’s Cabinet on matters pertaining to VSU’s budget. Its membership includes the President’s Cabinet as well as representatives from faculty, staff, and others groups across campus.

Last updated March 24, 2022.