About UF: Structure and Governance
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Board of Trustees
The UF Board of Trustees is the public body corporate of the university. It sets policy for the institution, and serves as the institution's legal owner and final authority. The UF Board of Trustees holds the institution's resources in trust and is responsible for their efficient and effective use. The UF Board of Trustees consists of six citizen members appointed by the Governor and five citizen members appointed by the Board of Governors. The Chair of the Faculty Senate and the President of the Student Body are also voting members.
The President is appointed by the Board of Trustees and is the chief executive officer of the university. The President is responsible for the general administration of all university activities.
The Faculty Senate is the representative body of the faculty. It operates according to the principles of shared governance, a constitutionally created system of mutual authority and responsibility, which recognizes the faculty's central role in enhancing UF's intellectual profile as well as the quality and value of the education it provides.
Senior Vice Presidents
The Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer and the second ranking officer of the University, acting for the President in his absence. The Provost/Senior Vice President supervises allocation of resources in academic areas, improvement of instruction, coordination of instructional activities, development and improvement of research activities, evaluation of university academic activity, establishment of policy with respect to employment, promotion and tenure of academic faculty and implementation of the university's Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Program.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
The Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources administers the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). IFAS is a separate budgetary unit within the university, receiving its appropriated funds from the legislature through the Board of Governors, Board of Trustees and the President. A dean is responsible for coordinating the total statewide effort for IFAS in each of the functional areas of teaching, research, and extension. They are designated as the Dean for Academic Programs (Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service. Funding for the academic mission of IFAS on campus is provided by the Provost's office.
The Senior Vice President for Health Affairs has the duties and responsibilities for general supervision of the Health Science Center (HSC). The HSC is a separate budgetary entity within the University of Florida, receiving its appropriated funds from the legislature through the Board of Governors, Board of Trustees, and the President. The Senior Vice President for Health Affairs oversees the relationship of the Health Science Center with Shands Teaching Hospital, Shands HealthCare, and Shands Jacksonville. The UF President serves as the President of the Shand HealthCare Board of Directors. The Shands and Shands Jacksonville hospitals are the primary teaching sites of the College of Medicine physicians and are training sites for the Colleges of Dentistry, Public Health and Health Professions, Nursing, Medicine, and Pharmacy. Funds generated by patient care activities are used to support College operations and the Senior Vice President for Health Affairs has oversight responsibility for these practice plan corporations. Funding for the academic mission of the Health Science Center in Dentistry, Public Health and Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine is provided by the Provost's office.
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
The Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer is in charge of supervising the Division of Business Affairs, the Office of Human Resource Services, the Division of Information Technology and the Chief Audit Executive.
Reporting to the president at the vice presidential level are the following major areas of the university:
The Vice President for Advancement is responsible for, and directs and coordinates, the operations associated with the receipt, management, investment, and administration of resources generated for the university by the University of Florida Foundation, Inc., and the University of Florida Alumni Association.
The Vice President for Business Affairs is the chief fiscal and business officer of the university with responsibilities encompassing all campus budgetary units and serves as fiscal and business advisor to the President.
The Vice President for Enrollment Management provides campus-wide leadership in executing the strategic recruitment, admission, registration, records management, and student finance functions for the university.
The Office of the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer is responsible for the budget, finance & accounting and financial analysis for the university. The placement of all financial information into one office allows for cost-tracking measures, better strategic decisions and identifying efficiencies. The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for supporting the creation of new revenue sources as the University of Florida progresses toward an entrepreneurial future.
The Office of the Vice President and General Counsel provides legal advice and representation to the university, its component units and affiliated entities, and to its employees while acting within the scope and course of their employment.
Human Resource Services
The Vice President for Human Resource Services is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of all human resource management functions including recruitment, classification and compensation, training and organizational development, benefits and retirement programs, employee and labor relations, leave management, human resource-related policies, workers' compensation and unemployment benefits.
The Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at the university is the chief technology officer in charge of campus computers and technology.
The Vice President for Research is designated by the President to carry out the responsibilities of the Division of Sponsored Research and the University of Florida Research Foundation, as well as federal compliance issues related to animal care and human subjects.
The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs is available to assist all University of Florida students and groups. The Division of Student Affairs supports the academic mission of the University of Florida by preparing students to assume roles of leadership, involvement, and service as productive citizens in a culturally diverse, technologically sophisticated and increasingly complex society.
University Athletic Association, Inc.
The University Athletic Association, Inc. (UAA) is responsible for the intercollegiate athletics program at the University of Florida. The Athletics Director reports directly to the President and retains overall responsibility for the health and stability of the program.
The Vice President for University Relations serves the university community in securing funding and substantive legislation that enables UF to provide research, teaching, and service. The office works closely with government officials and their staff at the federal, state, and local levels to advocate issues of importance to the university. The legislative priorities for the university are coordinated through the President's Office for all of the university's entities, including Health Affairs, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, and general education. The Vice President for University Relations is also responsible for directing the assessments of UF's communication programs and conducting strategic planning activities. The Office of University Relations promotes positive relations between the University of Florida and its many constituents through integrating and coordinating the university's various public relations, communications, publications and news operations.
More information about UF's organization can be found in the UF Organization Chart.