Broadly speaking, the Executive Committee acts on behalf of the full Board between meetings. It has the legal authority of the full Board for all matters except granting honorary degrees, election of the Chancellor, dismissals from office, election of Trustees, and amendment of the bylaws. Committee agenda items generally include significant matters that cannot wait for a full Board meeting, matters referred by the Board for study and possible resolution, issues generated by the committee itself, and routine matters requiring pro forma action.
The Executive Committee ensures that the Board is fulfilling its responsibilities; serves as a sounding board for the Chancellor; is the Board's mechanism for overseeing the University's planning and progress toward goals; monitors the Chancellor's performance and compensation; and acts on behalf of the full Board in emergencies. The chair of the Board serves as chair of the Executive Committee and the University Secretary as its secretary. The chair emeritus (immediate past chair) serves as an ex officio member. Membership on the Executive Committee includes 16 voting members. Two undergraduate and one graduate student representatives and one faculty and one dean representative attend meetings and report on activities/concerns. Minutes of the meetings serve as the Executive Committee's reports to the Board and are available to all Trustees.
The Executive Committee also elects a subcommittee called the Board of Trustees Nominating Committee, which identifies potential candidates to fill vacancies on the Board, nominates officers of the Board, makes nominations for committee membership and chairs, and nominates Life and Honorary Trustees. The University Secretary and the Chief Advancement Officer and Senior Vice President provide staff support.Executive Committee Members
- Academic Affairs
The Academic Affairs Committee oversees the University's academic enterprise and makes recommendations to the full Board and the Chancellor. It ensures that the educational program is consistent with the University's mission and vision; that the academic budget reflects academic priorities; that faculty personnel policies and procedures are equitable and supportive of academic priorities; that academic programs are appropriate to the institution's students; and that the quality of academic services is evaluated.
Academic Affairs Committee Members
- Advancement and External Affairs
The Advancement and External Affairs Committee provides strategic oversight of the advancement, alumni engagement, communications and marketing, and external relations functions of the University. Committee members work closely with University advancement officers to ensure that fundraising efforts align clearly with the mission and priorities of the University, to educate and encourage other Board members to understand the need
for philanthropy, to participate in those efforts, to monitor the advancement program operations, and to engage with advancement and alumni engagement efforts as needed. In addition, the Committee provides strategic oversight of the development and achievement of the goals, plans, and strategies of the University’s marketing and communications program for internal and external target audiences. Furthermore, the Committee provides strategic oversight for the University’s external relations efforts with a focus on connecting government relations and community engagement with the University’s development agenda.
Advancement and External Affairs Committee Members
- Athletics Committee
The Athletics Committee oversees the University’s athletic program and represents the Board of Trustees in carrying out its fiduciary responsibility with respect to athletics. The Committee participates in developing strategic and facilities plans in collaboration with the Athletics Department and consistent with operating budget and development program parameters. The Committee monitors all aspects of the student athlete's time while attending Syracuse University, including academic performance.
Athletics Committee Members
The Audit Committee has responsibility for supervising the auditing process and making recommendations concerning the University's fiscal practices. It selects an independent public accounting firm to audit and report on the University's financial statements; evaluates the University's financial accounting and reporting systems; and informs the full Board about the financial methods, practices, and activities employed by the University and the internal and external auditors who serve it.
Audit Committee Members
The Budget Committee supervises the preparation of the University budget and recommends action to the Executive Committee and to the full Board. It oversees the University's current financial operations and results, ensures that viable long-range financial plans are in place or in process, and communicates these and other budget matters to the Board.
Budget Committee Members
The Facilities Committee oversees planning for the University's facilities and security. Specifically, it ensures the adequacy and condition of capital assets, develops and updates facilities planning policies, and recommends action on new construction or rehabilitation of existing structures to the Executive Committee and the full Board.
Facilities Committee Members
- Investment and Endowment
The Investment and Endowment Committee develops the strategies and guidelines to manage the University's endowment investments. It does so by deciding how the investments are to be managed, making asset allocation decisions, selecting investment managers, reviewing the performance of the portfolio, and providing periodic reports to the Board.
Investment and Endowment Committee Members
- Student Affairs
The Student Affairs Committee concerns itself with such issues as the quality of student life, including residence life and student programs and activities, health services, counseling and advising, student conduct, and career programs. Its responsibilities include representing students' interests in policy decisions made by the Board, ensuring adequate financial resources for Student Affairs programming, ensuring that Board policies keep pace with changing student needs in an increasingly diverse University community, and remaining visible as stewards of the health and welfare of the student community.
Student Affairs Committee Members