The President of Valdosta State University is elected by the Board of Regents upon recommendation by the Chancellor. He or she is the executive head of the University and all of its departments and exercises such supervision and direction as will 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 and the Chancellor. The President recommends to the Board of Regents, through the Chancellor, the election or reelection of the faculty and other employees of the institution, the salary of each, and all promotions and removals. The President is the chairperson of the Administrative Council and an ex-officio member of the Academic Committee (see Statutes, Chapter 1, Article III).
- General Administrative Officers
The general Administrative Officers of the University are as follows: The Vice President for Academic Affairs; the Vice President for Finance and Administration; the Vice President for University Advancement, who supervises private fund raising and other developmental activities; the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Dean of Students; the Director of University Relations, who supervises all affairs that relate to the clientele of the University; and the Director of Public Services, who supervises the continuing education programs of the University. General administrative officers report directly to the President at regular intervals concerning activities and programs in their respective areas. These officers are appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Regents, and hold office at the pleasure of the President.
- The Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the University and is an ex-officio member of the undergraduate faculty, graduate faculty, and committees charged with considering matters pertaining to the faculty and the curriculum. The Vice President for Academic Affairs has administrative jurisdiction over academic matters, academic personnel, and student welfare and provides leadership in the development of proper academic goals for the institution and its schools through school and faculty instrumentalities. In the absence of the President, the Vice President is the presiding officer of all bodies over which the President normally presides (see Statutes, Chapter 2, Article II)
Each college and school within the University has an academic dean to serve as its chief executive officer. Each dean is appointed by the President after consultation with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and upon approval by the Chancellor and Board of Regents. Deans hold office at the pleasure of the President. Each dean is a person of professorial rank, a member of the General Faculty, Graduate Faculty, and an ex officio member of the Faculty Senate. Academic deans are responsible to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The duties of the academic deans are described in the VSU Statutes (Chapter 2, Article IV, Sections 2-3)
- Department Heads
The head of a department is appointed by the President after consultation with the appropriate faculty, the dean of the College, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The department head, who must be approved by the Board of Regents, is the representative of the department in all official communications and is responsible for the general direction of the work of the department, the quality of instruction, the coordination of instruction, the preparation of a budget, the advisement of students who are majoring in the department, and recommendations for appointment, promotion, tenure, dismissal and salary increases for faculty (see Statutes Chapter 2, Article VIII).
- University Faculty
The University Faculty consists of the President, the Vice Presidents, the Academic Deans, the Director of the Division of Social Work, the Registrar, the Director of Admissions, the University Librarian, the Dean of Public Services, librarians, professors, associate professors, assistant professors, instructors, and administrative personnel designated by the President.
The faculty meets at least once each semester during the academic year and at other times as may be necessary and desirable. Attendance of all members of the teaching faculty at these meetings is expected.
It is the responsibility of the faculty in each College to establish entrance requirements, define courses of study, establish requirements for degrees offered in the College, provide guidance and advising for the students in the College, and adopt regulations to govern its own procedures for the orderly and efficient administration of the school (see Statutes, Article IV, Section I).
The faculty is responsible for regulations affecting academic activities, the general educational policy of the University, the welfare of the faculty, and other matters as may maintain and promote the best interest of the faculty and of the University. The representative and legislative agency of the faculty is the Faculty Senate.
- Non-Academic Administrative Officers
These officers report directly to the President. The President may establish or create additional non-academic administrative positions to implement the programs of the University; however, some positions are subject to the approval of the Chancellor and the Board of Regents. All non-academic administrative officers hold office at the pleasure of the President (see Statutes, Chapter 6, Article I).
- The Vice President for Finance and Administration
The Vice President for Finance and Administration, an ex-officio member of the University Faculty and the Faculty Senate, has responsibility for the coordination and supervision of all matters assigned to the Office of Finance and Administration, especially the financial operation of the University (see Statutes, Chapter 6, Article II).
- The Vice President for University Advancement
The Vice President for University Advancement, an ex-officio member of the University Faculty and the Faculty Senate, has responsibility for the coordination and supervision of all matters assigned to the Division of Advancement and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the VSU Foundation, Inc..
- The Vice President for Student Affairs
The Vice President for Student Affairs, an ex-officio member of the General Faculty and the Faculty Senate, has responsibility for the coordination and supervision of activities assigned to the Division of Student Affairs. This includes the coordination of all student programs not under the jurisdiction of the President or the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the supervision of all student organizations, meetings, and activities outside of instructional areas (see Statutes, Chapter 6, Article III).
- Other Non-Academic Administrators
Other non-academic administrators who report directly to the President are the Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity Programs and Multi-Cultural Affairs, the Assistant to the President for Strategic Research and Analysis, the Director of Information Technology, the Internal Auditor, and the Athletic Director (see Statutes, Chapter 6, Article IV). Other non-academic administrators who report directly to the Vice President for Finance and Administration are the Director of Auxiliary Services, the Director of Financial Services, the Director of Personnel Services, the Director of Business Services, the Director of Plant Operations, and the Director of the University Police. The Director of Management Information Services reports directly to the Director of Information Technology. Other non-academic administrators who report directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students are the Associate Dean of Students, the Testing Officer, the Director of the Counseling Center, the Director of Career Planning and Placement Center, the Director of Health Services, the Director of Financial Aid and the Director of Residence Life.
- Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity Programs and Multi-Cultural Affairs
The Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity Programs and Multi-Cultural Affairs reports to the President of the University. The Assistant is responsible for developing Affirmative Action policy statements and programs, and assists in the identification and solution of problems related to Affirmative Action, Minority Affairs, and Special Services. In addition, the Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity Programs and Multi-Cultural Affairs serves as the University's liaison with racial minorities, women, veterans, handicapped persons, and other organizations to ensure that all members of protected groups are afforded a full opportunity and are encouraged to participate in all University sponsored educational, training, recreational, and social activities. The Assistant to the President also directs the Minority Peer Advising Program, which is designed to assist minority students in particular with their adjustment to academic and social activities on this predominately majority campus.
- Director of Information Technology
The Director of Information Technology is a senior-level position established to provide centralized strategic planning and coordination of campus computing, networking and other related technology activities. The person in this position plays a key role as the primary interface to the Office of Information Technology, Board of Regents, to insure that VSU receives the priorities and allocation of resources available from that office. On a day-to-day basis the Director manages the Information Technology (IT) Division, a major campus organization comprised of four departments - Enterprise Application Services, Enterprise Infrastructure Services, Client Support Services and information Security.
- The President's Cabinet
The President's Cabinet is advisory to the President on administrative matters pertaining to all operational areas of the University and serves as the administrative strategic planning committee for the University. The Cabinet consists of the President, Vice Presidents, the Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity Programs and Multi-Cultural Affairs, the University Attorney, the Director of Athletics, the Director of Human Resources, the Executive Secretary of the Faculty Senate, and the Chair of the Council on Staff Affairs (See Statutes Article X, Sections 1 and 2).