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Core Requirement 2.3

The institution has a chief executive officer whose primary responsibility is to the institution and who is not the presiding officer of the board. (Chief Executive Officer) (See Commission policy “Core Requirement 2.3: Documenting an Alternate Approach.”)    

Judgement: Compliant

Narrative: 

In the University of South Carolina (USC) System, each four-year senior campus is headed by a Chancellor. The University of South Carolina Organization Chart reflects the reporting structure of the Chancellors to the USC Board of Trustees (the Board) through the President.

The Bylaws of the Board, Article XI, Section 3 “Authority and Duties of the Chancellors” state that “The Chancellors shall be the chief administrative officers of their respective campuses and shall have full authority to administer campus affairs and to formulate and issue regulations and orders not inconsistent with the Bylaws, rules, policies and procedures of the Board and the President.”  The Bylaws further state, “The Chancellors’ responsibilities include:

  1. Responsibility to the Board through the President for the execution of all laws, policies, rules, and regulations relating to the University of South Carolina System;
  2. Responsibility for all of the factors that contribute to the quality of academic and support programs of the campus;
  3. Responsibility for the general supervision of all relationships between students and the various levels of campus administration;
  4. Responsibility for the financial management of the campus and its component parts;
  5. Responsibility for personnel administration;
  6. Responsibility for operation and maintenance of the physical plant, purchase of supplies and equipment, and the maintenance of appropriate inventories and records of real and personal property under the jurisdiction of the campus;
  7. Responsibility for fund raising, intercollegiate athletics, auxiliary enterprises, and alumni activities;
  8. Responsibility for cooperating closely with the local higher education commission on all matters pertaining to the applicable campus; and
  9. Whenever practicable, attend all meetings of the Board and keep the chairman of the local higher education commission apprised of the schedule of such meetings.”

The Bylaws of the Board, Article V, Sections 1 and 2 state that the Ex Officio Chairman of the Board, the Governor of South Carolina, shall preside at all meetings of the Board when present. In the Governor’s absence, the permanent Chairman of the Board shall preside at all meetings of the Board. Should both the Ex Officio Chairman and the permanent Chairman both be absent, the Vice-Chairman shall preside. None of these positions may be held by a Chancellor within the USC System. 

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