University of North Georgia (UNG) is in compliance with this core requirement. The impact of the institutional consolidation had no effect on the existing role and responsibilities of a university president in the University System of Georgia (USG). After the governing board’s decision to consolidate the two institutions in January 2012, the System Chancellor identified the chief executive officer of North Georgia College & State University as the “lead president” that would become the CEO of the newly consolidated institution. Dr. Bonita Jacobs, the first president of the University of North Georgia, has never been a member of the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG) nor has she been the presiding officer of the board.
In keeping with Board of Regents policies in the University System of Georgia, the chief executive officer of University of North Georgia is the President, whose primary responsibility is to the institution. The President is not the presiding officer of the governing board. The President is appointed by the BOR and reports to the Chancellor of the University System of Georgia. The Chancellor of the University System of Georgia is the chief administrative officer of the University System as well as the chief executive officer of the Board of Regents. (Source: BOR Bylaws, Articles IV and VI).
The authority and responsibility of presidents of USG institutions are described in the BOR Bylaws, Article VI, and to a greater extent in the BOR Policy Manual, Section 2.5 as stated below:
The president of each institution in the University System shall be the executive head of the institution and of all its departments and shall exercise such supervision and direction as will promote the efficient operation of the institution. The president shall be 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's discretionary powers shall be broad enough to enable him/her to discharge these responsibilities. (BR Minutes, 1972-74, pp. 69-71; 1977-78, pp. 167-168; April, 2007, pp. 76-77)
The president shall be the ex-officio chair of the faculty and may preside at meetings of the faculty. The president and/or the president's designee shall be a member of all faculties and other academic bodies within the institution. He/she shall decide all questions of jurisdiction, not otherwise defined by the Chancellor, of the several councils, faculties, and officers.
The president shall have the right to call meetings of any council, faculty, or committee at his/her institution at any time. The president shall have the power to veto any act of any council, faculty, or committee of his/her institution but, in doing so, shall transmit to the proper officer a written statement of the reason for such veto. A copy of each veto statement shall be transmitted to the Chancellor.
At those institutions that have a council, senate, assembly, or any such body, the president or the president's designee may chair such body and preside at its meetings. The president shall be the official medium of communication between the faculty and the Chancellor and between the council, senate, assembly, or any such body and the Chancellor (BR Minutes, 1993-94, p. 239; April, 2007).
The president shall be responsible for the initial appointment of faculty members and administrative employees of each institution, the salary of each, and all promotions and be authorized to make all reappointments of faculty members and administrative employees, except as otherwise specified in this manual. The president has the right and authority to grant leaves of absence for up to one year for members of the faculty for study at other institutions or for such reasons as the president may deem proper.
He/she shall make an annual report to the Board, through the Chancellor or his/her designee, of the condition of the institution under his/her leadership. (BR Minutes, February, 2007)
The president of each institution, or his/her designee, is authorized to accept on behalf of the Board the resignation of any employee of his/her institution (BR Minutes, 1977-78, p. 123; 1982-83, p. 225).
The president of each institution, or the president's designee, shall have the authority to execute, accept, or deliver, on behalf of the Board, the following types of research agreements, settlement agreements, service agreements, and reciprocal emergency law enforcement agreements affecting his or her institution:
- Research or service agreements whereby the institution concerned, for monetary compensation or other good and valuable consideration, agrees to perform certain institution-oriented research or other personal services within a time period of one year or less;
- Agreements between institutions of the University System of Georgia and hospitals or other organized medical facilities, both public and private, located within the State of Georgia, whereby the hospital or medical facility concerned agrees to provide clinical services to nursing and other students enrolled in nursing and allied health programs at the institution concerned. Said agreements shall be effective for one year with the option of annual renewal as specified therein and shall be subject to cancellation by either party.
- Reciprocal emergency law enforcement agreements between institutions of the University System of Georgia and county and municipal authorities, as authorized by the Georgia Mutual Aid Act, as amended (BR Minutes, 1993-94, pp. 63-64);
- Settlements of grievances and complaints (including those filed by state and federal agencies) that do not include a monetary commitment of more than $100,000. Notice of settlements shall be filed with the University System Office of Legal Affairs. (BR Minutes, May 2006; April, 2007).
- Any agreements necessary for the day-to-day operation of the institution. (BR Minutes, April, 2007)
In addition to the Board of Regents bylaws and policies, Article II of the UNG Statues outlines the roles, responsibilities, and obligations of the President to the institution.