Officers of the University

G1.03 Officers of the University

The administrative organization of Missouri State University shall consist of the following offices and organizations:

President

The president is the chief executive officer of the University, responsible to the Board of Governors for the administration of all policies adopted by the Board and for the execution of all acts of the Board.

Chief of staff/assistant to the president for government relations

The chief of staff/assistant to the president for government relations assists the president in management and operations of the President’s office and serves as the director of Missouri Governmental Relations.

General counsel

The general counsel provides legal advice and consultation to the Board of Governors, University president, the administration and faculty and represents the University system before University system hearing bodies as well as administrative and judicial bodies of the United States, the State of Missouri, Greene County, and Springfield. The general counsel reviews and recommends institutional policies and procedures, reviews and prepares contracts and other legal documents, and provides legal opinions to University committees and councils as directed by the Board of Governors or the University president.

Director of athletics

The director of athletics is responsible for administering the University’s intercollegiate athletics program, including athletics communications.

Director of internal audit and compliance

The director of internal audit and compliance shall be appointed by the Board and serve at the pleasure of the Board and is responsible to the Board of Governors for administering the internal audit activity of the University by directing audits of academic and administrative departments and activities and by developing a comprehensive, practical program of audit coverage for the University. The director of internal audit and compliance shall report not less than twice annually to the full Board and regularly to the Finance and Facilities committee. The director of internal audit and compliance also oversees operational risk management, coordinates compliance efforts throughout the University, and investigates compliance lapses and allegations of wrongdoing.

Chancellor of the West Plains campus

The Chancellor of the West Plains campus is responsible for the overall administration of the West Plains campus and Shannon Hall in Mountain Grove, including the academic programs, faculty and staff personnel matters, financial affairs, student life, athletics, physical plant, and liaison to the various publics of the campus.

Provost/chancellor of the research campus at Mountain Grove

The provost is the senior academic officer of the University. Responsibilities include the overall direction, development, and administration of academic affairs, and the research campus at Mountain Grove. Academic Affairs includes all academic and scholarly programs of the University, including the six academic colleges, the Graduate College, the Honors College, library services, William H. Darr School of Agriculture, and academic outreach.

Deputy provost and associate provosts

The deputy provost and associate provosts serve as assistants to the provost in all functions, with special responsibility for faculty, undergraduate programs and studies, student success and public affairs, and academic outreach.

Associate provost and dean of the Graduate College

The associate provost and dean of the Graduate College is part of the leadership team for academic affairs. Responsibilities are to oversee the administration of the Graduate College, including budgets, graduate recruitment, student admissions, and graduate assistantships. This officer works to ensure quality education programs, promotes student and faculty research, and is a primary liaison in communicating and developing collaboration across graduate programs, the other colleges, and the School of Agriculture.

Director of the William H. Darr School of Agriculture

The director of the Darr School of Agriculture is responsible for managing the academic units, faculty, and students of the School. These responsibilities include organizing and directing the effective operations of facilities beyond the immediate Springfield campus that include the William H. Darr Agricultural Center Expansion (90 acres), the State Fruit Experiment Station at Mountain Grove (190 acres), the Journagan Ranch (3300 acres), Shealy Farm (250 acres), Bakers Acres (75 acres), the Woodlands (161 acres), and other such operational units that are assigned to this School. Responsibilities include budgeting and budget control for these facilities and the academic operations that include extensive community outreach. The director of the Darr School of Agriculture provides the leadership for faculty and staff employment and development, student recruitment, retention, and advisement; and research direction for the faculty and the Centers of this School.

College deans

Each of the college deans is responsible for the administration of one of the six discipline-based colleges. Responsibilities include faculty recruitment and development, faculty evaluation, program development, program review, student advisement, collegiate budgeting and budget control, class schedule planning, fundraising and advancement, and general supervision of the scholarship, research, creative activity, instructional and service activities of the college.

Dean of library services

The dean of library services is responsible for administering library facilities, resources, and services within the University. The dean also serves as head of the department of library science.

Vice president for administrative services

The vice president for administrative services ensures prompt and effective delivery of essential services to support the University’s mission of producing educated persons by developing goals and objectives, establishing priorities, allocating resources, reviewing and approving unit plans, and designing systems of effective control to guide work toward expected outcomes. The vice president for administrative services has administrative responsibility for facilities management, planning, design and construction, safety and transportation, environmental management, University Staff Ambassadors, and human resources.

Chief information officer

The chief information officer serves as the senior executive officer responsible for providing leadership and management to the units of the information services division and is responsible for system-wide planning, management, security, and coordination of the technology resources of the Missouri State system.

Vice president for student affairs

The vice president for student affairs is the chief student-personnel officer of the University and advises the president on all matters pertaining to non-academic student life. The vice president serves as the senior executive officer responsible for providing leadership and general management to 25 units in the division, including without limitation: enrollment management, student life activities, multicultural programs and services, dean of students office, residence life, housing and dining, student health and wellness, student engagement, recreation services, and bookstore auxiliary services.

Chief diversity officer/assistant to the president

The chief diversity officer/assistant to the president is responsible for coordinating executive efforts to establish “diversity and inclusive excellence” as core value throughout all aspects of the University community, to support the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action, and to work with units at all levels of the institution to promote consistency of diversity processes and procedures to positively impact organizational effectiveness, employee development, and community relations.

Vice president for marketing and communications

The vice president for marketing and communications has responsibility for overall communications, research-based messaging, marketing, and branding activity for the University. The vice president oversees the areas of university communications, publications, photographic services, and web and new media. In addition to leading the University’s central team of marketing and communications professionals, the vice president provides strategic direction and coordinates marketing and communications produced by other academic and administrative units.

Vice president for University advancement

The vice president for University advancement is the chief advancement officer for the University and advises the president on all matters pertaining to the management and operation of university development, alumni relations, as well as community and donor relations. The vice president has responsibility for the following administrative units and functions: development and alumni relations and the Kenneth E. Meyer Alumni Center. The vice president for University advancement also serves as the executive director for the Missouri State University Foundation, a private nonprofit organization which raises funds to benefit the University. The executive director of alumni relations is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive program of activities designed to inform alumni and keep them involved with the University, serves as chairperson for the Homecoming committee, plans class reunions and implements special events to recognize outstanding alumni, coordinates the alumni chapter network, and serves as advisor to R.E.A.L. Bears (student alumni group) and as the Class Notes editor for the alumni magazine.

Chief financial officer

The chief financial officer is the senior executive officer responsible for financial services, which consist of accounting, investing, budgeting, payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, credit management, budget control, fiscal planning, financial statement preparation, student loan collection, procurement, and the bursar’s office. The chief financial officer exercises a major responsibility for the accounting and investing of the Missouri State University Foundation and the Missouri State University Development Corporation and serves as the treasurer of the Board of Governors and the Missouri State University Foundation.

Vice president for research, economic development, and international programs

The vice president for research, economic development, and international programs is responsible for the following administrative units and functions: general manager KSMU and Ozarks Public Television, international programs, office of china programs, the Jordan Valley Innovation Center, the Robert W. Plaster Center for Free Enterprise and Business Development, and the office of research administration. The vice president for research, economic development, and international programs advises the president on all matters pertaining to the operation and management of University research, economic development activities, and international programs. The vice president for research, economic development, and international programs is responsible for all University-wide externally-generated grants and contracts and provides the administrative leadership to the University community in supporting the University’s mission for enhancement of research and economic development through technology transfer, intellectual property, regulatory compliance, and federal relations.

Administrative council

The administrative council is chaired by the president. The council includes the provost, the vice presidents, the chancellor of the West Plains campus, the chief of staff and assistant to the president, the chief financial officer, the director of internal audit and compliance, the secretary to the Board of Governors, one college dean, the director of athletics, the chief diversity officer/assistant to the president, the chief information officer, and the general counsel. When appropriate to the agenda for a particular meeting, others may be invited as guests. The administrative council discusses items of University-wide interest.