University Administrative Structure
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 1.1, "Mission Statement of the University of Virginia"). 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. 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. When possible, subtitles are hyperlinked to the webpages belonging to each senior administrative office.
The executive vice president and provost (provost) is 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 Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. The provost also oversees the recruiting, hiring, retention, performance, promotion, and tenure of faculty members.
The provost charges vice provosts with oversight of particular aspects of the office's role and mission. They include:
The vice provost for academic affairs provides leadership and oversight for academic programs, planning and compliance, and the core academic functions of the University. These include working with the schools and the Faculty Senate on program review and approval; academic enhancement programs for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; online learning programs; University-wide academic advising and support; academic accessibility, and all aspects of state and federal academic compliance, as well as accreditation by the Southern Association of College and Schools, including the Quality Enhancement Plan. The vice provost for academic affairs manages the following areas, among others: Institutional Research and Analytics; Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs; the Office of Undergraduate Research; the Office of Citizen Scholar Development; The Dathel and John Georges Student Center; Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs; University Press; Contemplative Science Center; and the Rare Book School.
The vice provost for faculty affairs is the liaison between the provost's office and the schools in areas of faculty recruitment and retention, promotion and tenure, professional and leadership development, and strategies for achieving faculty diversity. The vice provost collaborates with deans on school faculty hiring plans, facilitating cluster and targeted hiring in areas of strategic importance, and works closely with human resources to ensure that faculty recruiting and hiring are supportive of schools’ needs. This includes chairing the provost’s promotion and tenure committee and assuring that school and institutional policies for promotion and tenure are consistent with the strategic direction of the University. The vice provost for faculty affairs manages the following areas: Faculty Development; the Center for Teaching Excellence; the Dual Career Program; and UVA Acts.
The vice provost for the arts advocates for the arts departments and programs throughout the University, advancing the arts as an essential and strategic component of the University's mission. The vice provost facilitates research, creative production, teaching, and service in the arts departments and programs of schools, in two museums, with the Heritage Theater, and by student-driven arts organizations, initiating and coordinating cross-disciplinary collaborations. Significant outreach efforts include the Speaker for the Arts series, artistic residencies, and special appearances and public facing programs designed to augment and enrich the community’s artistic offerings, which have significant economic as well as cultural impact in the region. The vice provost for the arts manages the following units: the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia; the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum; and WTJU, the University’s radio station, and is also the director of the Virginia Film Festival, the Commonwealth’s official film festival and the premier festival in the region.
The vice provost for academic outreach plans and leads a distinctive University-level outreach program tied to the University’s mission of public citizenry and service. The vice provost undertakes this work in four ways: fostering transformative public interest research, collaborative public partnerships, strategic public service, and the training of tomorrow’s civic leaders. The vice provost collaborates with deans and faculty on incorporating public interest research, service, and experiential learning into undergraduate curriculum, and hosts programs with public and private partners to envision and enact future research needs. The vice provost for academic outreach manages the following areas: the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, the Virginia Humanities, the Center for Liberal Arts, and the Virginia College Advising Corps.
The vice provost for global affairs is the primary lead of global relations, developing and overseeing global initiatives and partnerships. The vice provost is responsible for advancing the international profile and reputation of the university, collaborating with leaders in research, advancement, education abroad, financial aid, and departments, programs, centers, and administrative units that have significant global components. The vice provost is focused on increasing the number and improving the quality of international students attending UVA; working with schools to attract distinguished international faculty and staff; fostering global research and engagements; collaborating with global education units to build a continuum of educational offerings; and developing a wide array of services, programs, experiences, and strategic partnerships that promote global imagination within the university community. The vice provost for global affairs manages the following areas: International Studies, Global Internships, the Center for Global Health, the University’s China Office, Morven Farm, and the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation.
The vice provost for administration is a chief advisor for the provost. In support of the provost and the overall mission of the office, the vice provost provides the day-to-day leadership, as well as the strategic planning and oversight of all the functional areas of the office, including communications, finance and personnel. In addition, the vice provost provides guidance and counsel to the provost, the provost’s leadership team, and other academic leaders on academic budgets, policy, planning, and governance. The vice provost works closely with the administrative associate deans in all of the schools, and oversees the academic policy process in the provost’s office. In addition, the vice provost serves as liaison with other University offices, including executive and vice presidential offices; and represents the provost, as needed, at meetings, functions, and on committees. The vice provost for administration manages the following functions and areas: academic administration, policy, the University Registrar, ROTC, the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, Upward Bound, and Virginia Status.
The vice provost for planning provides the provost and the senior members of the provost's office with collaborative leadership, counsel, and capacity on matters of comprehensive academic, financial, and operations planning. The vice provost is responsible for supporting the provost and collaborating with senior provost's office staff across a wide range of functional domains, with the aim of building a robust culture of academic governance and leadership, as well as corresponding structures and processes to direct resources effectively, efficiently, and accountably in service of the academic mission.
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.
Additional UVA Health leadership roles are described on its website, and include:
- Chief Executive Officer, UVA Medical Center
- Chief Financial Officer, UVA Health System
- Chief Innovation Officer
- Chief Medical Officer, UVA Regional Network
- Dean, School of Medicine
- Dean, School of Nursing
- Director, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
- Special Advisor and Director, Government Relations
The executive vice president and chief operating officer is 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 COO charges numerous vice presidents with oversight of particular aspects of the organization’s operations, including but not limited to the following:
- SeniorVice President for Operations
- Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
- Vice President for Finance
- Chief Information Officer
The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) is responsible for the integration and enhancement of research activities across UVA’s twelve schools and multiple research centers. The VPR leads university-wide strategic growth activities, including multidisciplinary groups in environmental sustainability, innovation, energy systems, and biosciences. The 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.
Offices overseen by the VPR include, but are not limited to, the following:
The vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion 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 vice president oversees the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (EOCR), Business Operations and Grants Management, and University and Community Relations and Development.
Additional Vice Presidents include the:
Senior Vice President & Vice President for Advancement
Vice President for Information Technology
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
Vice President for Communications and Chief Marketing Officer
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,
- assistant vice president and chief of staff,
- senior advisor to the president, strategic initiatives,
- 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).
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 3,000 full-time faculty members are employed by the University to conduct research, care for patients, and teach in programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and first professional degrees. The twelve schools of the University are as follows:
- School of Architecture
- College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
- Darden School of Business
- McIntire School of Commerce
- School of Continuing and Professional Studies
- School of Data Science
- School of Education and Human Development
- School of Engineering & Applied Science
- School of Law
- Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
- School of Medicine
- School of Nursing
The University hosts two academic organizations with statewide, regional, and national affiliations: Virginia 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, the University Physicians Group, and 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.
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.