Montana State University-Northern
Office of the Chancellor
Governance and Communication

Background
At this point in the history of Montana State University-Northern, it is imperative that the leadership of the institution be collaborative in nature in response to the significant challenges and opportunities facing MSUN in a highly competitive, accountability-driven environment. Individuals in leadership positions must share responsibility for the growth and forward movement of MSUN; this can be accomplished by investing in each leader the opportunity to understand more fully the interrelatedness of decisions and functionality within an institution of higher education. Ideally, the structure as outlined below will contribute to the expansion of integrated programming, the development of intra-departmental partnerships, and the improvement of communication between and among all levels of the university.

The governance structure includes five components:

The Executive Committee is the central management unit of the university. Membership includes the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and the Dean of Student Engagement/Director of Residence Life. Its primary responsibility is the day-to-day management of the university.

The Core Leadership Team (CLT) includes those directors or managers who hold significant decision-making or recommending authority as administered and managed through five major components of MSUN's structure: academic administration, finance, student affairs administration, student success, and athletics. The CLT has as its primary function the analysis of data, trends, and issues affecting the operations of the university as it relates to institutional ability to meet strategic goals. Additionally, the Team discusses educational theory and brainstorms ideas in pursuit of a common goal of institutional growth and excellence—ideas that can then be shared for further discussion with Chancellor's Council and, as appropriate, the University Advisory Council.

Further, the Core Leadership Team maintains the following functions:

  • Responsibility for the overall business of the university, including, but not limited to, operational issues (initial review of policies, procedures) resource allocation, discussion of institutional initiatives, concerns, problems, opportunities;
  • Evaluation of performance vis a vis strategic plan and "institutional health" benchmarks;
  • Initial review of recommendations from various standing committees;
  • Adherence to mission/vision;
  • Review of "institutional health" benchmarks;
  • Final review and recommendations regarding strategic hiring decisions (except for faculty)
  • Adherence to institutional accreditation requirements.

Membership includes:

Vice Chancellor and Provost Director of Athletics Director of Nursing
Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Dean of the College of Technical Sciences Dean of the College of Education, Arts and Sciences, and Nursing
Senior Director of Student Success Dean of Student Engagement/Director of Residence Life Chancellor

The Chancellor's Council is the chief advisory entity for the Chancellor on all matters pertaining to University policy, goals, and actions. As such, its scope of topics includes:

  • Feedback and discussion on the overall business of the university, including, but not limited to, operational issues (next-level review of policies, procedures) resource allocation, discussion of institutional initiatives, concerns, problems, opportunities;
  • Institutional performance vis a vis strategic plan, mission, vision, and “institutional health” benchmarks;
  • Next-level review of recommendations from various standing committees;
  • Adherence to and understanding of institutional accreditation requirements.

Members of Chancellor's Council include (21 total, including Chancellor's Executive Assistant):

Chancellor Dean, College of Technical Sciences
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dean, College of Education, Arts and Sciences, Nursing
Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Director, University Relations
Dean, Extended University Director, Human Resources
President, Academic Senate or designee Senior Director of Student Success
Director, Athletics Director, Facilities Services
Director, Nursing Coordinator, Multi-Cultural Center
Chief Information Officer Dean of Student Engagement/Director of Residence Life
Registrar Director, MSUN Foundation
Faculty at-large representative (TWO) as appointed by Academic Senate
Executive Assistant to the Chancellor: responsible for minutes, follow-up on assigned tasks

Meeting minutes

Academic Council is the core management unit responsible for all aspects of academic programs not specifically assigned to the faculty or to Academic Senate. The duties of Academic Council include

  • Ongoing evaluation of academic programs against specific benchmarks related to enrollment, cost, and relevancy to institutional mission and vision;
  • Initial review of new program proposals;
  • Recommendations to the Provost and Deans for filling of faculty positions, whether existing or new, after consultation with CFO (regarding fund availability) and Director of Human Resources (regarding hiring policies/procedures);
  • Adherence to institutional accreditation requirements specifically as they relate to academic programs.

Members of Academic Council include:

Provost Dean, College of Education, Arts & Sciences, & Nursing
Dean, College of Technical Sciences Chair, College of Education, Arts & Sciences, & Nursing
Chair, College of Technical Sciences Faculty representative identified by Academic Senate
Dean, Extended University Director, Nursing
President, Academic Senate, or designee Student representative identified by Student Senate

Current membership and minutes

University Advisory Council has as its primary goal the facilitation of intra-campus communication, with a particular focus on review and approval of policies and general discussion of institutional issues, opportunities, and challenges.

Meeting monthly, each agenda will include

  • Items for action (e.g., policies);
  • Issues of institution-wide emphasis/concern;
  • updates from all attending; and
  • updates from all standing committees

Members of Core Leadership Team, Academic Council, and Chancellor's Council other than the Executive Committee are ex officio members and can attend at any time.

Membership includes (46 total, including Chancellor's Executive Assistant):

Chancellor Director, Student Support Services Director, Dining Services
Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Director, Admissions Union representative, Faculty
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Director, Financial Aid Director, Institutional Assessment
Dean of Student Engagement/Director of Residence Life President, Student Senate Union representative, Staff
Chief Information Officer Dean, College of Technical Sciences Dean, College of Educ, Arts & Sciences & Nursing
Director of Nursing Director of Human Resources Director of Facilities Services
Director of Athletics Director of University Relations Senior Director of Student Success
Faculty Chair, College of Technical Sciences Director, Library Coordinator, Veterans Affairs and Disability Services
Faculty Chair, Education, Arts and Sciences, and Nursing Director, Learning Success Center Director, Student Health Services
Director, Alumni Affairs Director, Student Activities and Events Director, Advising Center
Director, Career Center Director, Business Services Director, Financial Severices
Director, Grants and Sponsored Programs Director of MSUN Foundation Director, Bio-Energy Center
Dean of Extended University Director of Bookstore Coordinator of Multicultural Center
Registrar Staff at large (2) President, Academic Senate
Faculty at large (2)    
Executive Assistant to the Chancellor: responsible for minutes, follow-up on assigned tasks

Minutes

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