To better understand the University’s administrative structure it is helpful to consult a graphic presentation of its plan of organization.
In 1819 an act of the General Assembly of Virginia established the University as a public corporation with the name “The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia.” The governing body of this corporation is styled the “Board of Visitors.” The seventeen members of the Board of Visitors are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate and House of Delegates of Virginia for four-year terms. At least twelve members must be from the commonwealth at large and at least twelve must be alumni or alumnae of the University; at least one must be a physician with administrative and clinical experience in an academic medical center. The board may appoint a faculty member and a full-time student at the University as nonvoting members of the board. The duties and powers of the board are exercised in order to advance the University’s mission (see section 1.4, “The Mission of the University”). For more information on the major powers and duties of the board, see the Manual of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia..
The president is responsible to the Board of Visitors as the chief executive officer of the University. The president is also:
- a member of the General Faculty and of the faculty of each of the schools and serves as the president of the Faculty Senate;
- responsible for operating the University in conformity with the purposes and policies determined by the Board of Visitors;
- an adviser to the board and recommends policies and programs, including educational programs and new degrees, that will best promote the interests of the University; and
- active in determining the internal administrative structure of the University, appointing or providing for the appointment of all administrative officers (except the vice presidents and the chancellor of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, who are nominated to the board by the president).
The president is authorized to suspend any faculty member at any time for proper cause, in accordance with appropriate procedure, after consultation with the provost, the dean, department head, and other affected administrative officers. A full list of the president’s duties appears in the Manual of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia.
Senior Administrative Officers
The president delegates authority to senior administrative officers who are responsible for the major functional areas (subtitles are hyperlinked to the webpages belonging to each senior administrative office):
The executive vice president and provostis the chief academic officer of the University. The provost is charged by the Board of Visitors and the president with overseeing education, research, and public service in the schools of the University, in the University’s libraries and museums, and in numerous other academically related units of the University.
The budgets of these units flow through the Executive Vice President and Provost. The provost also oversees the recruiting, hiring, retention, performance, promotion, and tenure of faculty members. In the University’s organizational structure, offices associated with athletics, budget, development, health affairs, financial aid, student affairs, and technology report to the president through different vice presidents.
The provost has charged the vice provosts with oversight of particular aspects of the office’s operations:
the vice provost for academic affairs,
the vice provost for administration and chief of staff,
the vice provost for the arts,
the vice provost for faculty affairs, and
the vice provost for global affairs.
The executive vice president and chief operating officeris charged by the Board of Visitors and president with overseeing the non-academic support areas of the University and supporting special initiatives that have a University-wide impact. The office is guided by its commitments to:
- integrity and sound management practices;
- academic excellence;
- customers, including students, patients, and visitors;
- people, respecting and empowering them, holding them accountable, and rewarding them for performance; and
- simplification of processes and improvements in effectiveness and efficiency.
The executive vice president for health affairs is responsible for the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, and the UVA Medical Center. The executive vice president oversees the clinical enterprise that includes clinical faculty and staff of the UVA Medical Center, UVA Children’s Hospital, the Transitional Care Hospital, multiple ambulatory clinics, home health care, and regional clinical programs throughout Virginia.
The senior vice president for operations oversees operations that fall under an array of University departments and programs, including budget, capital programs, facilities management, procurement and diversity supplier services, state governmental relations, and process simplification.
The vice president for advancement supports the University’s fourfold mission of teaching, research, health care, and public service by fundraising for pan-University strategic priorities and providing resources and expertise to the University’s development community. In consultation with UVA’s schools and units, University Advancement sets “best practice” guidelines for fundraising staff through policies and procedures that meet the highest ethical and professional standards.
University Advancement oversees multiple areas of fundraising and engagement initiatives, including annual giving, Cavalier Connect (UVA Phonathon), Cavalier Travels, faculty excellence, global initiatives, Jeffersonian Grounds, lifetime learning, planned giving, reunion giving, scholarship support, University arts, and UVA Clubs. It additionally provides services such as community learning, donor relations, gift accounting, information technology, and prospect research.
The vice president also leads Advancement Communications, which supports a broad array of fundraising initiatives through the development of print and electronic publications as well as social media communications.
The vice president for information technology works with University leadership to create, articulate, and promote a university-wide information technology strategy that advances the institution’s mission in teaching, research, service, and clinical care. The vice president plans and develops new information systems capabilities through collaboration with academic and support units and represents the University in national and international discussions about how to use information technology to advance the University’s mission. The vice president oversees the work of the institution’s chief information officer, who facilitates the effective coordination of information technology-related activities across Grounds and coordinates the University Committee on Information Technology and the Deans’ Technology Council, both of which help guide institution-wide information technology projects and establish strategic direction.
The Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity assists and monitors all units of the University in their efforts to recruit and retain faculty, staff, and students from historically underrepresented groups and to provide affirmative and supportive environments for work and life at the University of Virginia. The office provides leadership, information, consultation, coordination, and assistance to the various units and constituencies within the University in an effort to embrace diversity and equity as pillars of excellence, synergize actions at all levels of the institution, and cultivate inclusiveness and mutual respect throughout the community. This office also reaches beyond the University to establish beneficial relationships with individual and institutional partners who share mutual goals and interests.
The Office of the Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer supports the University’s primary purpose of enriching the minds and lives of its students. The division promotes the intellectual, cultural, personal, and social development of students while enhancing their physical and psychological well-being. Student affairs programs and services help students learn responsible decision-making; clarify personal values and identity; foster interpersonal relationships; facilitate career exploration; and promote the value of diversity, of informed citizenship, and of full membership of all students within the University community. The vice president and chief student affairs officer oversees: the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of African-American Affairs, the University Career Center, and the Department of Student Health.
The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) is responsible for the integration and enhancement of research activities across UVA’s eleven schools and multiple research centers. VPR leads university-wide strategic growth activities, including multidisciplinary groups in environmental sustainability, innovation, energy systems, and biosciences. VPR also coordinates the various University units that comprise the research infrastructure, including the acquisition of research funding, the planning and development of academic research space, research commercialization, the incubation of new companies and recruiting of corporate research partners to local research parks, and public outreach.
The vice president and chief human resources officer oversees all human resource functions for the academic division of the University, as well as overseeing the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and for health plan and other benefits for the University’s Medical Center. Functional areas within University Human Resources (UHR) include: benefits, compliance and immigration services, career and leadership development, work/life wellness programs, compensation, faculty/staff relations, recruitment and staffing, and payroll.
The University's vice president for finance oversees key financial functions within the University and ensures that University funds are properly received, spent, and reported in accordance with university policies and state and federal regulations, serving a range of internal and external stakeholders. Among the areas of responsibility are financial reporting and compliance, managerial analysis and allocation, financial performance measurements, student financial aid, student billing, and financial planning.
The vice president for communications and chief marketing officer is responsible for the leadership of University Communications, which stewards institutional marketing, brand narration, visual identity, media relations and outreach, social media, multimedia, and public relations. As the chief communicator on the Grounds, the vice president for communications leads a broad effort to generate understanding, engagement, and support for the advancement of Thomas Jefferson’s vision of a forward-thinking global university, the value of higher education in America, and the impact of university teaching, research, and service.
Other Senior Administrative Officers
In addition to these vice presidents, other senior officers, University counsel, and the athletic director, report to the president and serve as members of the president’s senior cabinet. The Office of University Counsel is the University’s chief legal office and is responsible for providing advice on all legal matters affecting the University under the direction of the attorney general, the Board of Visitors, and the president. The athletic director is responsible for supervision of all University intercollegiate athletic and intramural programs and facilities. The chief audit executive reports directly to the Board of Visitors. Other officers who report directly to the president include the:
- chancellor of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise,
- chief of staff and associate vice president for administration,
- associate vice president, Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights
- executive assistant for state governmental relations,
- director of the White Burkett Miller Center of Public Affairs, and the
- secretary to the Board of Visitors (who, like the University Counsel, is an officer of the Board of Visitors).
- associate vice president for safety and security.
The president and vice presidents manage a diverse enterprise that is organized for budgeting purposes into three operating divisions:
- The Academic Division is responsible for the central functions of instruction, research, and public service.
- The Health System provides health care services.
- The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, which constitutes the third division, is a four-year residential college located in southwestern Virginia.
Approximately 2,800 full-time faculty members teach in programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and first professional degrees. The eleven schools of the University are as follows:
- School of Architecture
- College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
- Darden School of Business
- McIntire School of Commerce
- School of Continuing and Professional Studies
- Curry School of Education
- School of Engineering and Applied Science
- School of Law
- Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
- School of Medicine
- School of Nursing
The Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs extends the regular academic year through course offerings that meet the academic needs of resident degree students, and visiting non-degree-seeking students. Summer and Special Academic Programs is a separate administrative unit housed under the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs with its own director who works directly with departments and schools in selecting the courses offered and instructors employed during the summer. Each summer and January Term (J-Term), the University of Virginia offers a rich selection of courses to over 4,000 students.
The University hosts two academic organizations with statewide, regional, and national affiliations: the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Press.
Several federal and state centers of professional activity are also located in the University community. They include the state’s Division of Forestry, the Division of Mineral Resources, the Virginia Highway and Transportation Research Council, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and the Federal Executive Institute. The U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School teaches military law to lawyers in the armed forces.
Comprehensive health care services are provided by the University of Virginia Health System, which consists of University of Virginia Medical Center, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the University Physicians Group, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. The UVA Health System operates more than forty clinics at numerous sites within and distant from the main precinct of the Medical Center. The Medical Center (originally called University Hospital) was established in 1901 to complement the teaching and research activities of the School of Medicine and to provide hospital and related services to a broad region.
University of Virginia’s College at Wise
This four-year undergraduate college was opened in 1954 as a two-year branch of the University under the name, Clinch Valley College. In 1999, the General Assembly changed the name of Clinch Valley College to the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. It functions to some extent as an independent institution, although its chancellor reports to the president of the University of Virginia and its Board of Visitors. It currently enrolls approximately 2,000 students.