(A) The president.
- The president shall be the chief executive officer of the Ohio state university and shall be responsible for the entire administration of the university, subject to control of the board of trustees. The president shall lead in fostering and promoting education, research and outreach as the primary aims of the university. It shall be the duty of the president to enforce the bylaws, rules and regulations of the board of trustees, and, as a member of the faculty, to interpret to the board proposals and actions of the faculty. The president is hereby clothed with the authority requisite to that end.
- The president shall be a voting member of all college faculties, of the graduate school faculty, and of the faculty of the arts and sciences, and shall be a voting member and presiding officer of the university faculty and of the university senate. The president shall appoint all committees of the university faculty and of the university senate, unless membership has been designated by rule.
- After consultation with the steering committee of the university senate, the president may recommend to the board of trustees candidates for honorary degrees. The number of candidates so recommended shall be limited to eight per calendar year. This right and its limitation in no way abrogates the power of the university senate to recommend candidates for honorary degrees (rule 3335-5-41 of the Administrative Code).
(B) Executive vice president and provost. The executive vice president and provost shall, under the direction of the president, be responsible for and have the requisite authority for the oversight of all academic programs and other instructional and faculty affairs of the university, and shall be the chief operating officer of the university.
(C) Senior vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer. The senior vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer shall, under the direction of the president, be responsible for and have the requisite authority for the administration of the university’s business, financial and administrative operations. The senior vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer shall report to the president and, as appropriate, shall consult with the executive vice president and provost.
(D) Senior vice president and general counsel. The senior vice president and general counsel shall serve as the chief legal advisor to the president, board of trustees, and university, including its Wexner medical center. The senior vice president and general counsel shall also be appointed an assistant attorney general for the state of Ohio by the Ohio attorney general. The senior vice president and general counsel shall report to both the board of trustees and the university president.
(E) Faculty and staff. Within parameters set forth by action of the board of trustees, the president and/or his or her designee(s) shall have the authority to appoint and set the compensation for such other administrative officers, faculty and staff as are necessary to carry out effectively the operation of the university and delegate functions to them with the authority necessary for their proper discharge.
(F) Delegation of authority. Any authority or responsibility of the president may be delegated by the president to any other member of the faculty or staff of the university, subject to any limitations set forth by action of the board of trustees. Although the president may delegate authority to appropriate officials, the president will retain final authority and responsibility for administration of the university. Delegation of major areas of authority or responsibility shall be in writing and shall be reported to the board of trustees prior to implementation.
(G) President’s cabinet. The president shall convene a president’s cabinet that will consist of such members as designated by the president. The primary responsibilities of the president’s cabinet shall be to provide advice and counsel to the president, to discuss, deliberate and serve as the primary decision-making body on major university policy issues, information sharing, and such other roles as the president shall determine.
(H) Principal administrative officials. The term “principal administrative official” shall include the members of the president’s cabinet, the deans of the colleges and the dean and directors of regional campuses and their designated staffs, the director of the university libraries, chairs of academic departments, directors of schools and academic centers, and such other administrative officials as determined by the president.
(Board approval dates: 7/21/1978, 11/30/1979, 4/4/1980, 3/6/1981, 4/3/1981, 12/10/1981, 5/7/1982, 6/10/1982, 7/9/1982, 4/1/1983, 11/4/1983, 12/5/1986, 2/6/1987, 10/1/1993, 12/2/1994, 10/1/1999, 2/1/2001, 9/6/2002, 12/5/2003, 5/7/2004, 9/22/2004, 12/2/2005, 2/2/2007, 7/11/2008, 10/29/2010, 8/30/2013, 8/28/2015, 8/19/2021)