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CHAPTER II

3. OFFICERS OF THE SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION

3.1 Chancellor

Chancellor. The Chancellor is the chief executive officer of The Texas State University System, whose duties are performed under the authority delegated by the Board of Regents. The Chancellor shall have ultimate authority and responsibility for all System Components, acting through chief executive officers regarding matters delegated to them and serve as secretary to, but not be a member of, the Board.

The Board shall select the Chancellor by majority vote. The Chancellor shall hold office without a fixed term and at the pleasure of the Board. At its regular meeting in May of each year, the Board will evaluate the general performance and effectiveness of the Chancellor. This evaluation shall take place before a quorum of the full Board of Regents and in executive session, unless the Chancellor requests a public evaluation. Nothing herein shall be construed to limit the Board’s authority to evaluate and meet with the Chancellor at other times regarding his or her performance.

The Chancellor shall assume administrative responsibilities for the System Administration; recommend to the Board the hiring of Component Presidents, the terms and conditions of their employment, and, when appropriate, terminate their employment; maintain the permanent records of the System; advise and assist the Board and Components with legal, financial, personnel, academic and health programs, governmental relations, development, planning and construction; employ, maintain and, when appropriate, terminate System Administration staff; and, create, eliminate or restructure such System Administration functions or positions as he or she judges appropriate. The Chancellor recommends for Board approval the budget for the System Administration, including the audit office budgetary allocation. The Chancellor shall facilitate and assist with all of the Board’s activities and represent the Board and System Components where appropriate.

3.2 Vice Chancellor and General Counsel

Vice Chancellor and General Counsel. The Vice Chancellor and General Counsel is the Chief Legal Affairs Officer for The Texas State University System who performs duties under the authority delegated by the Board of Regents through the Chancellor. The Vice Chancellor and General Counsel shall be a member of the State Bar of Texas and is responsible for assisting, monitoring and carrying out all legal activities of the System including, but not limited to, litigation, policies, System procedures, handbooks, manuals, legal opinions, hearings, appeals and Governmental Relations activities. In addition to legal responsibilities, the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel shall be responsible for monitoring Affirmative Action or Diversity Issues; Equal Employment; and Ethics. The Vice Chancellor shall assist the Chancellor, Component Presidents, Director of Governmental Relations and others in the area of Legislative activities.

3.3 Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations

The Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations (“VCGR”) is the chief governmental relations officer of the Texas State University System, performing duties under authority delegated by the Board of Regents through the Chancellor. The VCGR reviews, assists, and advises with matters involving governmental entities, legislation, legislative relations, biennial appropriation requests, legislative presentations, and public relations.

3.4 Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer

The Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer is the chief financial officer of the Texas State University System, performing duties under the authority delegated by the Board of Regents through the Chancellor. The Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer is responsible for reviewing, advising, and assisting with Component budgets, budget changes, annual financial reports, investment reports, investment policies, biennial appropriations requests and reports, bond sales, funding sources for contracts, insurance coverage and responsibility for planning, construction, maintenance, and use of buildings and other physical facilities, including, but not necessarily limited to, long-term planning and construction and administration of policies in the subject area. The Vice Chancellor and Chief Finacial Officer shall also assist both internal and external auditors and the Chief Audit Executive with Component audits.

3.5 System Chief Audit Executive

The System Chief Audit Executive (“CAE”) is the chief auditor and an administrative officer of TSUS who is answerable directly to the Board of Regents through the Finance and Audit Committee. The CAE is responsible for overseeing the Office of Internal Audit and for hiring, setting the terms and conditions of employment, and termination of all System and Component-housed auditors. The CAE, who shall be under the day-to-day supervision of the Chancellor, must be a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor. The CAE is  responsible for the System’s internal audit function and performs special studies and analysis of data as directed by the Board and/or as requested by the Chancellor. At least annually, the Board shall assess the CAE’s effectiveness.

3.6 Vice Chancellor for Academic and Health Affairs

The Vice Chancellor for Academic and Health Affairs is the chief academic officer of The Texas State University System who performs duties under the authority delegated by the Board of Regents through the Chancellor. The Vice Chancellor for Academic and Health Affairs is responsible for providing system-wide leadership, assistance, and coordination among the system Components in maintenance, enhancement, and promotion of academic, research and service programs, in addition to performing the following specific duties: representing the System on academic matters before professional, grant-making, regulatory, and oversight bodies; encouraging an academic environment that serves the geographic, economic, and cultural diversity of the state; and coordinating initiatives relating to data usage and content delivery utilizing various technologies.