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Faculty Handbook Supplementary

Additional information to supplement the faculty handbook.

Supplemental to Section II: Governance and General Faculty of the University

President’s Staff Officer Positions

Vice President of Academic Affairs

The Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) is responsible for providing vision and leadership for the University’s academic program. Reporting directly to the President, the VPAA advises and assists her and her senior leadership team in intermediate and long-term planning and works closely with the other vice presidents, the faculty, the academic staff, and the Board of Trustees to set Southwestern University’s priorities and objectives.

The VPAA is responsible for developing, in alignment with the President, the Dean, faculty and staff, an academic strategic plan for Southwestern University that ensures the quality of its academic programs, promotes its liberal arts mission, incorporates goals of inclusion and diversity, and enhances its reputation. In addition, the VPAA ensures that the University’s academic strategic plan will be in alignment with the Tactical and Strategic plans, and articulates the shared vision to the broader community to present the University’s strengths and to attract excellent faculty, staff, and students.

The VPAA initiates contacts and maintains ongoing relationships with other institutions, works to ensure student access, completion, and success, and provides leadership for the academic accreditation and assessment processes to improve academic endeavors of the University.

Vice President for Finance and Administration

The Vice President for Finance and Administration is responsible for planning and directing the business and financial affairs of the University. Areas overseen include: facilities planning, construction projects, property management, human resources and payroll, investment management, budgeting, accounting, purchasing, general services contracting, risk management and safety, legal services, physical plant, campus post office, dining services and the bookstore. Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Administration are: Associate Vice President for Human Resources; Associate Vice President for Facilities Management; the Associate Vice President for Information Technology; Controller; Director of Campus Safety and Risk Management; bookstore manager; and dining services manager.

Vice President for Student Life

Student Life promotes the mission of Southwestern University by implementing programs and delivering services that provide values-centered education of the whole person. These programs and services facilitate students’ development of social competencies and reflect a shared responsibility for student learning within an undergraduate liberal arts community. Student life fosters a challenging, secure, residential environment in which the uniqueness of each individual is respected and celebrated.

The Vice President for Student Life is responsible for administration of student programs and services that facilitate the academic mission of the University and promote learning outside of the classroom. The Vice President serves as a general advocate for student concerns. Student Life includes: the Dean of Students; Career Services; the Corbin J. Robertson Center; Counseling Services; Diversity Education; Health Services; Intramural and Recreational Activities; the Red and Charlene McCombs Campus Center; Residence Life; Student Activities; Honor Code; student discipline; student government; student organizations; student publications; alcohol and other drug education; and University Police.

Vice President for Strategic Recruitment and Enrollment

The Vice President for Strategic Recruitment and Enrollment provides strategic leadership in advancing the University’s recruitment and enrollment goals. She/he provides experience and oversight to the recruiting, admission, retention and financial aid processes. Reporting to the Vice President for Strategic Recruitment and Enrollment are the Dean of Enrollment Services and other staff members in the Office of Admission as well as the Office of Financial Aid. The Enrollment Services organization is also complemented by numerous student workers. Additionally, the Vice President for Strategic Recruitment and Enrollment, along with the Enrollment Services staff, maintains the institutional commitment to superior service, student retention, promoting institutional awareness, working with other offices on marketing initiatives, and assures effective use of technology and analysis of data in achieving enrollment objectives. The Vice President for Strategic Recruitment and Enrollment collaborates with other senior officers, University staff, academic leadership, faculty and students to ensure an extraordinary educational experience for all Southwestern University students.

Vice President for University Relations

The Vice President for University Relations leads the Offices of Alumni and Parent Relations, Corporate & Foundation Relations, Annual Giving, Major Giving, Planned Giving, University Events, Gift Processing, and Constituent Information Systems, in united achievement of the division’s core mission, which is to foster the intentional creation and evolution of meaningful relationships that enhance purposeful engagement with, and support for, the mission of Southwestern University.

Chief Marketing Officer

The Chief Marketing Officer directs and manages the Office of Marketing and Communications, which serves as the primary internal and external communications and information hub for Southwestern University. The office’s responsibilities are separated into four main areas: marketing strategy, design and digital media, public relations, and editorial. Through these four concentrated areas, the office serves the University in planning, executing, and measuring integrated marketing programs through traditional and online platforms. Additionally, the Marketing and Communications office manages the University website and social media channels, calendars, campus news, and publications such as Southwestern Magazine.

Executive Manager for the Office of the President and Staff Liaison for the Board of Trustees

The Executive Assistant to the President is a member of the President’s Staff and serves as staff liaison for the Board of Trustees. Working in collaboration with the President and the various constituencies within the University community, external publics, foundations, and organizations, the Executive Assistant is responsible for the day-to- 11 day management of the President’s Office as well as the President’s calendar and travel. In addition to attending the President’s Staff meetings, the Executive Manager attends Faculty Meetings and Facilities Meetings.