An Overview of City University of Seattle's Administration

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees, by Charter and By-laws, has legal and fiduciary responsibilities for the quality and integrity of the institution. It selects a Chief Executive Officer (President), approves and monitors the implementation of the mission of the institution, oversees the establishment of broad institutional policies, and exercises oversight to ensure compliance with policies. The Board delegates to the President the responsibility to implement and administer these policies as well as the responsibility to carry out the mission of the institution.


The President reports directly to the Board of Governors and is evaluated by them annually. The President works collaboratively with the Board and the University community to articulate a vision for the University, and to provide strategic leadership through defining institutional goals, establishing priorities, and developing plans. Further, the President ensures that all University departments comply with University policies and remain dedicated to the school's mission.


The Provost reports directly to the President. Duties include defining and maintaining academic quality and rigor in accordance with accreditation standards for domestic and international programs. This position is responsible for oversight of the quality and operations of the Department of Academic Affairs. Areas reporting to this position are the Albright School of Education, the School of Management, the Division of Arts and Sciences, the Library, Curriculum and Faculty Support Services, Distance Learning Operations, and Academic Administration. Academic Deans, who report directly to Provost, supervise a cadre of experienced Program Directors and Senior Faculty who in turn appoint and supervise close to 900 Faculty worldwide.

Chief Financial Officer / Vice President of Finance and Administration

The Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Finance and Administration reports directly to the President. This position recommends appropriate annual operating budgets and ensures the efficient management of business affairs and the physical plant and property. Areas reporting to this position are the Business Office, Facilities, Human Resources, and Information Technology.

Vice President of Admissions and Student Services

The Vice President of Admissions and Student Services reports directly to the President. This position is responsible for supervising all aspects of student recruitment and student service functions including Admissions and Advising, Student Services, Marketing, the Registrar, and Financial Aid.


City University of Seattle's faculty are vital to the University's educational mission. Faculty oversee curricula through participation in school curriculum councils which review and approve all new or revised programs and courses. In addition, faculty participate in an inclusive academic governance structure through representation on cross-departmental committees and councils. The Academic Affairs Council is the primary academic governance body for Academic Affairs. It reviews and recommends new programs, substantial program revisions, new partnerships, and academic policies. Faculty from each school and region participate in the President's Leadership Council, which includes senior leaders from all university departments. Any faculty member may participate in policy or governance discussions and decisions by providing written and/or oral input through Senior Faculty or Program Directors, Deans, and Provost.


City University of Seattle is a student-centered institution of higher education. Every effort is made to actively solicit student input into the University's planning and decision-making. Student input is collected through regular surveys and End of Course Evaluations administered at the end of every class. Professional Education Advisory Boards (PEAB's) in the Albright School of Education and other academic program advisory committees include students in their membership. Students may at any time provide feedback and suggestions through their advisors, suggestion boxes that are available at every site, online feedback forms, or by taking advantage of an open-door policy of all faculty and administrators, including the President.