Chapter 02.01 – University President
- The president of the university will be appointed by a majority vote of the whole Board of Regents with such compensation, other benefits, term of appointment and subject to such special conditions as the board may establish.
- The president will serve as the executive officer of the board and perform those functions specifically delegated to the president by statute and by the bylaws, policies and directives of the board. The president will be responsible for the efficient operation and management of the university, including its educational programs, employees, facilities, finances, property, public and governmental relations, students and research activities; and will fully inform the board in a timely fashion of any matter which may materially affect the ability of the university to meet its mission and obligations. In fulfilling this responsibility, the president of the university is authorized to take such actions as may be necessary to implement the directives of the board including, but not limited to, the execution of documents; appointment, supervision and termination of employees; initiation of lawsuits in the name of the board and university; and the compromise or settlement of litigation involving the university, subject to such limitations as may be established by the board.
- The president will serve as the executive officer of the board, as the chief executive officer of the university, and perform such other responsibilities as the board may establish.
- The president will establish offices and positions in the university, and will establish an official organization plan for the university.
- The president will appoint all personnel as may be necessary to efficiently carry out the purposes and programs of the university. Consistent with these bylaws, the president will define the duties and supervise the performance of each person so appointed. The president may delegate responsibility for the appointment, definition of duties, and supervision of personnel.
- The president will designate those positions deemed to be Officers of the University and Senior Administrator positions and may appoint, reassign, nonrenew, and terminate personnel in these positions at the pleasure of the president. Without regard to nominal contract length, notice of intention to nonrenew or terminate an Officer of the University or Senior Administrator appointment without cause may be given by the president or the president's designee upon three months notice or pay in lieu of notice.
- The president may take action that is consistent with regents’ policy, even if inconsistent with university regulation. Any action by the president that may be in violation of regents’ policy may be ratified by a majority vote of the board at any meeting.
The president will consult with the board prior to the initial appointment of persons to the positions of university vice president, chancellor and academic vice chancellor, or to positions organizationally equivalent to those positions. Regents may request documentation received by the university concerning the candidacy of the finalists for the position. A failure to comply with this policy is an internal matter and does not affect the validity of hiring actions.
- The president of the university is designated as the representative of the university
in all official university discussions and communications with officials of the executive,
legislative, and judicial branches of state and federal governments in their official
capacities. All official communications sent to such officials must be sent through
the president, except in the following cases:
- Routine development and administration of grants or contracts.
- Supplying of routine facts and information which are supplied to the general public.
- Communications by a chancellor, or under the direction of a chancellor, the substance of which is promptly reported to the Office of the President.
- Communications made at the request of the president or authorized by the president.
- Testimony at the request of the Alaska Legislature.
- This policy should not be construed as limiting direct communication of university personnel with government officials concerning matters of private interest.
- Additional restrictions and exceptions may be provided by regulation.
The president is authorized to represent the board in collective negotiations with certified collective bargaining units; however, no agreement resulting from such negotiations will be binding on the board or the university until approved by the board.
The board may confer the position of University of Alaska Regents Professor on the president of the university at the time of appointment or subsequent to appointment. At such time as a University of Alaska Regents Professor relinquishes the position of president, the board will establish a new position with sufficient funding in a department or academic unit in which the Regents Professor possesses appropriate academic qualifications, unless the president has been terminated for cause. The Regents Professor will be tenured in the department or academic unit for which the Regents Professor is qualified and will receive such compensation as the board will determine. If the Regents Professor occupies the position in the department or academic unit for two or more years, the position will be permanently assigned to the department or academic unit.
The president will be the custodian of the University of Alaska corporate seal and is authorized to delegate custody of the seal to the registrars of the university with authority to use the seal for certification of transcripts and execution of academic diplomas.
The president will ensure that university broadcasting stations are operated in the public interest in compliance with FCC regulations. At the discretion of the president, a separate process for public input regarding the broadcasting stations may be established. In order to insure editorial credibility, integrity and independence, the board will not be involved in programming decisions.
The president of the university is designated as the representative of the university in all official university discussions and communications with officials of the executive, judicial and legislative branches of the state and federal governments in their official capacities. Exceptions for direct contact by officials of the university, other than the president, are identified in Regents' Policy 02.01.040. The president may issue further regulations from time to time consistent with that policy.
The corporate seal of the University of Alaska shall be impressed upon the formal instruments of corporate obligation including bonds, instruments conveying title or interest in corporate real estate, diplomas awarding academic degrees, and other instruments of corporate obligation that the president may believe necessary or appropriate. A facsimile of the corporate seal may be used on consumer items only on terms and conditions approved by the president. Unauthorized use or reproduction of the university seal is prohibited.