Chapter 2


University Officers Reporting to the Board of Trustees

Effective Date: 04/29/2016

2.1 President

The Board shall select a President from other than its members.

2.2 Duties and Powers of the President

The President of the University shall be the chief executive officer of the University with the powers inherent in that office including the defining of the duties and powers of subordinate officers except as the duties of such subordinate officers may be otherwise set forth in these bylaws or Board of Control Policy. Any grant of authority by the Board of Control to any University employee except to the Internal Auditor, Board of Control Secretary or Board of Control Treasurer may, by and at the discretion of the President, but with notice to the Board of Control be transferred to any other University employee subject to applicable collective bargaining agreements and Board of Control Tenure Policy.

The President is to serve as a means of communication between the faculty, staff, students and the Board of Control, and is to recommend from time to time such measures as the interests of the University demand.

The President is charged with and granted the authority of general management, supervision and oversight of the properties, assets, students, staff, faculty, and other officers of the institution. The President shall designate an individual to fulfill the duties of the office at those times the President is unavailable. In the absence of a Presidential designation or in the event of unavailability of all designees the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs shall fulfill those duties.  

The President, or the President's designated representative, is authorized to add individuals to the salaried and hourly payrolls, to establish their duties, to grant leaves of absence, to determine and negotiate salary, wages, bonuses, overload compensation, benefits (including, but not limited to, health insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, retirement programs and retirement benefits) and other conditions of employment with duly authorized officers and/or agents of certified collective bargaining units and with non-represented employees, and to discontinue, suspend or terminate employment of any employee subject to the following conditions:

  1. Sufficient funds must be available.
  2. Rates of pay must be in accordance with general wage and salary classification policies of the institution.
  3. Second term appointment of employees with tenurable rank must have approval of the Board.
  4. Changes in duties, discontinuance of employment or decrease in pay may be accomplished only in accord with applicable rules, policies and agreements, including the academic tenure policy where applicable.
  5. Reports of retirement, resignation, and off-payroll actions taken hereunder shall be submitted for the approval of the Board at each regular meeting.

The President shall semi-annually report to the Board on the status of all positions reporting directly to the President and all in the one echelon immediately below those reporting directly to the President.

The President or the President's designated representative is authorized to assess reasonable fines and penalties for failure to follow published rules, regulations and ordinances of the University unless a fine or penalty is set by the Board of Control or applicable law.

The President shall also have those further powers granted by Board of Control Policy.


  • 01/28/1982
  • 07/15/2010: Incorporated prior Policies 2.1, 2.2, and 3.2. Authorized President to reassign duties or authority except for Board direct reports; Appointed Board Secretary as Presidential successor in the absence of Presidential designation.
  • 02/24/2011: Deleted approval of salary ranges.
  • 04/29/2016: Appointed Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs as Presidential successor in absence of Presidential designation.


Effective Date: 09/01/2010

2.3 The Internal Auditor

There shall be an Internal Auditor, appointed by the Board of Trustees upon recommendation by the President.


  • See Policy 2.4


Effective Date: 04/29/2016

2.4 Duties and Powers of the Internal Auditor

The Internal Auditor shall:

  1. Conduct audits of any or all accounts of the institution in all departments and locations, including agency accounts, for the purpose of confirming the accuracy of accounts, the proper authorization of expenditures, the adequacy of business procedures, and all other matters related to the propriety of the institution's fiscal policies and operations. In the exercise of the duties, the Internal Auditor shall have free and unquestioned access to all records and other information concerned with financial affairs and with the custody, control, and use of supplies, materials, and other property belonging to the University or used under its direction.
  2. Recommend changes or improvements in the University's business systems, methods, and practices, for the purpose of improved efficiency.

The position of Internal Auditor derives its authority from the Board of Control. The Internal Auditor reports directly to the Board of Control and reports daily to the President. The Internal Auditor's work shall be under the general direction and supervision of the President, except that the Auditor shall have the authority to choose the areas to be examined and the order and timing of audits.

A copy of each individual audit report issued by the Internal Auditor will be submitted to the Chair of the Board of Control. Copies of the audit reports will be furnished to other members of the Board, including the President of the University, the Board Secretary, and the Treasurer. Periodic audit recommendation status reports will also be prepared by the Internal Auditor and addressed to the Chair of the Board of Control. Copies of the status reports will be furnished to other members of the Board, including the President of the University, the Board Secretary, and the Treasurer.

If at any time the Internal Auditor finds any evidence of defalcations or of serious misuse of University assets, a written report of such findings shall immediately be sent to the above officials.

The Board of Control will meet with the Internal Auditor at such times as the Board may determine, but at least once a year, to discuss Internal Audit operations.


  • 04/17/1964
  • 08/21/1964: Added Sec. 1.13; 1.12
  • 08/11/1967: Sec. 1.01; 1.03
  • 12/12/1969: Sec. 1.02
  • 06/06/1975: Sec. 1.21
  • 05/20/1977: Emergency procedures deleted.
  • 07/18/1980: Sec. 1.03
  • 01/28/1982
  • 03/19/1982: Sec. 1.12
  • 09/21/1984: Changed agenda mailing and meeting notice from ten to fourteen days and chairman to chair.
  • 09/23/1988: Added senior academic office with the title of Provost in Sec. 2.02.
  • 09/21/1989: Changed calendar to fiscal year in Sec. 1.03
  • 07/19/1991: Changed Internal Auditor reporting structure and clarified 2.03
  • 03/19/1993: Changed Internal Auditor reporting structure
  • 09/24/1993: Changed name and structure of standing committee in Sec. 1.12 and 1.13, added to the title of Executive Vice President in Sec. 2.02
  • 11/22/1996: Revised Sec. 2.03 indicating that written reports will be issued as completed
  • 01/24/1997: Deleted restriction on six affirmative votes for Closed Session
  • 01/21/2000: Updated to reflect the Board's compliance with the Constitution of the State of Michigan in Sec. 1.01, Sec. 1.08 and Sec. 1.09
  • 04/29/2005: Deleted Section 2.02 The Executive Vice President
  • 08/04/2005: Changed section 1.12 from one to two standing committees and deleted section 1.13
  • 06/19/2008: Changed the number of times Board of Trustees meetings shall be held from six to five times a year in section 1.01
  • 07/15/2010: Was previously Policy 2.03. Renumbered only.
  • 04/29/2016: Changed reporting structure to the President.