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Office(s) Responsible for Rule
Office of the Board of Regents
2. Rule and Regulation
Sec. 1 Role. The Chancellor is the chief executive officer of The University of Texas System. The Chancellor reports to and is responsible to the Board of Regents. The Chancellor heads the System Administration, which is used by the Board to exercise its powers and authorities in the governance of the U. T. System. The Chancellor has direct line responsibility for all aspects of the U. T. System’s operations.
Sec. 2 Appointment. The Chancellor shall be elected by the affirmative vote of a majority of the Regents in office and shall hold office without fixed term, subject to the pleasure of the Board.
Sec. 3 Search. The search process shall be conducted in a manner best determined to identify candidates with diverse professional backgrounds and experiences.
Sec. 4 Primary Duties and Responsibilities. The Chancellor, by delegation from the Board of Regents, is authorized to exercise the powers and authorities of the Board in the governance of the U. T. System. The Chancellor will normally act through the officers of the U. T. System regarding the matters delegated to them by the Regents’ Rules and Regulations. The Chancellor, however, shall not be precluded from any direct participation and communication with System Administration officers or staff, institutional officers or staff, faculty members, and groups. The major duties of the Chancellor include:
4.1 Counseling, Implementing, and Representing. Counseling the Board with respect to the policies, purposes, and goals of the System; acting as executive agent of the Board in implementing Board policies, purposes, and goals and a system of internal controls; representing the U. T. System in all other respects as deemed appropriate to carry out such policies, purposes, and goals, and interpreting and articulating the U. T. System's academic, administrative, and developmental policies, programs, needs, and concerns to the general public and to other constituencies at the community, state, regional, and national levels.
4.2 Strategic Planning. Preparing a strategic plan for the U. T. System for recommendation to the Board of Regents in consultation with the institutional presidents. The proposed plan should include periodic adjustments to the mission statement; assessments of the internal and external environment; and recommendations for U. T. System goals, priorities, and benchmarks of progress in academic programs, service, capital expenditures, and the allocation of financial resources.
4.3 Directing. Directing the management and administration of System Administration and all institutions of the U. T. System.
4.4 Organizing. Reviewing periodically the organization of the System Administration and the institutions of the U. T. System and reporting to the appropriate standing committees of the Board of Regents and to the Board recommendations for changes in organization, assignments, and procedures.
4.5 Preparing and Approving Recommendations. Preparing and approving appropriate recommendations to the Board of Regents and standing committees of the Board along with the appropriate Executive Vice Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, or president of an institution.
4.6 Budgeting. Preparing and approving annual operating budgets for the System Administration and the institutions of the U. T. System and submitting recommendations to the Board of Regents.
4.7 Preparing Legislative Submissions. Preparing and approving biennial legislative submissions to the Legislative Budget Board and to the Governor for the System Administration and the institutions of the U. T. System for the consideration of the Board of Regents in accordance with Rule 20501 of the Regents’ Rules and Regulations.
4.8 Fund Development. Serving as the chief executive officer for fund development and as the agent of the Board of Regents for the discharge of development responsibilities. Defining for the Board, at periodic intervals, descriptions of current and future needs, as determined by the presidents and System Administration, taking into account recommendations from institutions development boards.
4.9 Appointment of Officers. Appointing the Executive Vice Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, and the Chief Compliance and Risk Officer. Appointments shall be made after consultation with the Chairman of the Board and shall comply with the Board’s policy on the compensation of key executives as set forth in Rule 20203 of these Rules and Regulations. The Chancellor may also approve the payment of reasonable supplemental salary for an individual assuming additional duties including those of an interim appointment, following consultation with the Chairman.
4.10 Nominating Chief Audit Executive. Nominating candidates for the position of Chief Audit Executive for appointment by the Board of Regents, as outlined in Rule 20401 of these Rules and Regulations.
4.11 Oversight of UTIMCO. Serving, if appointed by the Board of Regents, on the Board of Directors of The University of Texas/Texas A&M Investment Management Company (UTIMCO). Generally overseeing the operations of UTIMCO and coordinating interaction between the U. T. System and UTIMCO. Ensuring that UTIMCO implements the core investment functions delegated by the Board of Regents in conformance with the Regents’ Rules and Regulations, the Investment Management Services Agreement, and the Investment Policy Statements adopted by the Board. Directing UTIMCO in areas other than core investment functions such as relations with the media, intergovernmental relations, and public disclosure issues. Recommending to the Board of Regents, in its fiduciary role, an effective oversight system for the proper management of UTIMCO, including, but not limited to clear procedures for the selection of UTIMCO directors; process for budget review; and periodic review of the Investment Management Services Agreement.
4. Relevant Federal and State Statutes
Texas Education Code Section 51.353, Responsibility of System Administration
Texas Education Code Section 65.16, System Central Administration Office; Executive Officer
Texas Education Code Section 66.08 – Investment Management
Texas Government Code Chapter 669, Restrictions on Certain Actions Involving Executive Head of State Agency
5. Relevant System Policies, Procedures, and Forms
Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Rule 20401 – Audit and Compliance Programs
Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Rule 20501 – Accounting, Operating Budgets, and Legislative Appropriation
6. Who Should Know
7. System Administration Office(s) Responsible for Rule
Office of the Board of Regents
8. Dates Approved or Amended
September 27, 2019
Editorial amendment to Section 4.9 made September 25, 2018
Editorial amendment to Section 4.11 made on June 23, 2017 Editorial amendment made May 25, 2017, per Board action on May 10, 2017
February 11, 2016
Editorial amendment to Section 3.9 made July 13, 2015
Editorial amendments to Section 3.12 and Number 4 made March 13, 2015
Editorial amendments to Section 3.11 and Number 4 made April 4, 2014
Editorial amendment to Section 3.10 made March 17, 2008
August 10, 2006
December 10, 2004
9. Contact Information
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