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Office of the President

University Cabinet

Mission: To ensure communication to all constituencies institutional affairs, issues, and plans.

Meetings: The third Wednesday of each month; 9:00-11:00

Membership: Vice presidents, directors; presidents of Faculty Senate, Staff Senate; and Student Association; president serves as chair and academic vice president serves as the vice-chair

Processes: President’s executive assistant solicits agenda items from members by Friday of previous week; approved agenda distributed via email by Monday of the week of the meeting and available to campus in the public folders; minutes recorded and approved at the following meeting; meeting is open to any campus member; approved minutes are distributed to members of each respective unit.


  1. Advisory to president; does not set policy
  2. Open and honest deliberation
  3. Professional, constructive conversations
  4. Trust and mutual support and respect for other members
  5. Respect everyone’s right to dissenting viewpoint
  6. Ensure strong communication and dissemination of information to campus constituencies


  1. Provides a forum for communication, administrative updates, and discussion of key topics affecting the university.
  2. Plays a major role in providing advice, information, and guidance to the president
  3. Recognizes campus members who have contributed in extraordinary ways to the university (special recognition)
  4. Provides for the president’s reports on current developments, issues of interest to campus, strategic directions (e.g., external developments; SBHE and Cabinet topics; legislative, national)
  5. Distributes a list of brief descriptions of current activities and events prepared by the director of public information.
  6. Discussion of major topics and issues impacting many on campus; discussion, debate, and follow up (suggested for placement on agenda); forum for communication and coordination regarding major campus initiatives (routine events and activities are included in the list provided by the public information director)
  7. Roundtable reports on developments, events, and activities (non-agenda items)
  8. Visitors may identify problems or issues, raise questions about topics, and/or make suggestions (suggested for agenda).
  9. Discussion and reports on University’s strategic planning; input provided on Cornerstone goals and strategic goals; review and provide input to major strategic plans of the University that are currently not shared (e.g., IT plan and Facilities plan).
  10. Appoints subcommittees as needed to investigate specific questions and to provide recommendations.
  11. Allows for the membership to report back to respective constituency groups through scheduled meetings and/or distribution of Cabinet minutes.