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The Job of the President

The president of the University is selected by the Board of Trustees, as stated by the Howard University Charter. We know the president of Howard leads and represents the University, but what does this person do?

by Rin-rin Yu
Dr. Frederick's signed program at inauguration

Dr. Frederick's signed copy of his inauguration program. Photo by Justin D. Knight.

Here is a list of the job’s expectations as specified in the Board of Trustees bylaws.

The President’s responsibilities include:

  • Serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the University with general supervision of each college, school and department. This position has oversight of all the academic and business affairs of the University.
  • Keeping the trustees, faculty, administrative staff, students and alumni timely informed of material issues of concern.
  • Developing, initiating, participating in, and approving fundraising efforts for the benefit of the University.
  • Acting as president of the several faculties.
  • Making a general report to the Board at its regular meetings to receive suggestions of management and improvement of the University.
  • Serving as an ex officio member of each committee of the Board and report to each such committee on related matters.

The President has authority to (with reservation of authority by the Executive Committee):

  • Enter into contracts on behalf of the University, including research, real estate, and the like.
  • Approve appointments to and dismissals from faculty positions at the University above the rank of associate professor.
  • Make final decisions on faculty tenure and promotion.
  • Approve appointments to and dismissals from the staff of the University
  • Implement and enforce relevant state and federal laws, policies and regulations; the Bylaws, policies, rules, regulations, and other actions taken or approved by the Board and effect to govern the University and protect its interests.
This story appears in the Winter 2023 - Special Edition issue.
Article ID: 1316

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