[Reviewed and revised September 10, 2004]
OP 01.08: Organization of Texas Tech University
DATE: September 10, 2004
PURPOSE: The purpose of this Operating Policy/Procedure (OP) is
to present the organization of Texas Tech University. This is required as a part
any university's operation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The organization chart presents visually the
organization of Texas Tech University.
REVIEW: This OP will be reviewed on June 1 of each year by the
senior vice president for administration and finance
with recommendations for
revision forwarded to the president by July 1.
Section 02.04.1, Regents’ Rules,
provides that “the president of each component institution of the TTU system
is the chief officer of that
2. Board of Regents
Texas Tech University is governed by a Board of Regents whose nine members are appointed to six-year terms by the governor of the state of Texas; the terms of office of three Regents expire every two years. The Board is legally responsible for the establishment and control of the university's policies.
The Board of Regents for the Health Sciences Center is a separate body although the members are the same as those who serve on the Texas Tech University Board.
* Section 02.01, Regents’ Rules
The chancellor is responsible for the management and operation of the TTU System administration and component institutions under the direction of the Board. The chancellor is the chief executive officer of the TTU System. The chancellor reports to and is responsible to the Board. The chancellor has direct responsibility for all aspects of the TTU System operations.
The president is the chief executive officer of the university and is appointed by the chancellor, with prior notification to the Board of Regents, to direct the institution and to carry out policies determined by the Regents. The president also confers all degrees upon recommendation of the faculty and under authority vested by the Regents.
The president is assisted by the following:
a. A provost and senior vice president for academic affairs who oversees the educational programs of the university;
b. A senior vice president for administration and finance who is responsible for all fiscal operations and human resource services of the
c. A vice president for student affairs who is concerned with the general welfare of the students;
d. A vice president for research, technology transfer, and economic development who oversees the research, technology transfer and
intellectual property, and economic development activities of the university;
e. A vice president for operations who oversees the physical operations and environmental activities of the university;
f. An athletic director who oversees the intercollegiate athletic activities of the university;
g. A special assistant for diversity who is concerned with increasing the overall diversity of the university; andf. A director of strategic planning who is concerned with the university’s long-range planning.
4. Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs is charged with developing, implementing, and reviewing academic policies and programs of the university. The provost and senior vice president for academic affairs serves as the chief academic officer of the university. This office coordinates activities of academic deans and directors and informs and advises the president on academic matters. The office is responsible for personnel and budgetary matters in the academic areas, including supportive areas such as the libraries, Museum, Extended Studies, International Affairs, and the Center at Junction.
The provost and senior vice president for academic affairs manages, supervises, and directs the following areas and activities:
a. Academic facilities;
b. Academic computing services, administrative information systems, communication services, facilities information and reports, university
computing facilities, admissions and records, student financial aid, and academic support services;
c. Convocations, general education, official publications, operating policies and procedures, student grade appeals, and student retention;
d. Accreditation, continuing education, faculty development, international affairs, the Center at Junction, libraries, the Museum, and the
University Press; and
e. Deans and activities of the schools and colleges.
Each of the colleges and schools of the university is administered by a dean and staff, and faculty are assigned to each unit except the Graduate School. The colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering, and Human Sciences are organized into instructional departments or divisions, which are administered by chairpersons. The College of Visual and Performing Arts is organized into two schools and one department. The Rawls College of Business Administration's organizational pattern includes areas of instruction. The School of Law, Honors College, College of Mass Communications, and the College of Architecture are not organized into departments or areas.
Department chairpersons and area coordinators are usually appointed for three-year terms by the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs on the recommendation of the dean of the appropriate college. They serve in their administrative roles without tenure. The dean reviews chairpersons annually. Reappointment as chairperson may be recommended.
Each department chairperson and area coordinator, in cooperation with the faculty, is responsible for supervising the activities of the department/area, preparing the departmental budget requests, initiating requests for salary increases, recommending tenure and promotion, initiating appointment recommendations, and developing the departmental curriculum.
5. Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance
The senior vice president for administration and finance, manages, supervises, and directs the following areas and activities:
a. Institutional financial planning, accounting, and fiscal management;
b. Accounting services, including the services of contracting, HUB contracting, risk management, bursar, accounts payable, travel services,
and the financial analysis and reporting for these services;
c. Budgeting services, the Budget Office, institutional budget preparation, operation, and control, and preparation of legislative
d. Personnel administration including wage and salary, benefits and recruiting, and maintaining institutional personnel records;
e. Quality Service and Professional Development; and
f. Purchasing Office and the purchasing of all required supplies, equipment, and services.
6. Vice President for Student Affairs
The vice president for student affairs manages, supervises, and directs the following areas and activities:
a. Center for Campus Life, Hospitality Services, Housing and Residence Life, Parent Relations, Student Union, Student Counseling
Services, Student Mediation Center, Student Media, and student support services; and
b. Marketing and Promotions, Recreational Sports, and the United Spirit Arena.
7. Vice President for Research, Technology Transfer, and Economic Development
The vice president for research, technology transfer, and economic development manages, supervises, and directs the following areas and activities:
a. Office of Research Services, Research Council, federal initiatives, state special line items, and research centers and institutes;
b. Economic Development Resource Center, Northwest Texas Small Business Development Center, International Trade Center, and the
Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center; and
c. Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property.
8. Vice President for Operations
The vice president for operations manages, supervises, and directs the following areas and activities:
a. Physical Plant, Environmental Health and Safety, and Traffic and Parking; and
b. Golf course operations and grounds maintenance.
9. Athletic Director
The athletic director manages, supervises, and directs the following areas and activities:
a. Athletic programs, Athletic Academic Services, and the Athletic Business Office; and
b. Athletic External Operations and specified Red Raider Club activities.
10. Special Assistant for Diversity
The special assistant for diversity assists the president in recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and student body to ensure a diverse teaching and learning environment at the university.
11. Director of Strategic Planning
The director of Strategic Planning assists the president with all aspects of the university’s long-range planning.
12. Organization Chart
An organization chart reflecting the senior reporting relationship of Texas Tech University
is provided as Attachment A.
Attachment: Organization Chart of the TTU Office of the President