The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) is governed by the Utah Board of Higher Education and is comprised of Utah’s eight public colleges and universities and eight technical colleges that are governed by the Utah Board of Higher Education and their institutional Boards of Trustees. The CEO of USHE is the Commissioner of Higher Education.
The Utah Board of Higher Education is the governing body for the Utah System of Higher Education. The Board consists of eighteen Utah citizens, all appointed by the Governor. The Board consists of sixteen members appointed on six-year staggered terms and two students, one from a degree-granting public college or university and one from a technical college. The Board oversees the establishment of policies and procedures, executive appointments (including the appointment of the president of each institution), master planning, budget and finance, proposals for legislation, develops governmental relationships, and performs administrative unit and program approval for higher education for the State of Utah.
The Board of Trustees consults with and gives advice to the President, approves the President’s institutional policy recommendations, facilitates communication between the institution and the community, and assists in fund raising, alumni relations, and selecting recipients of honorary degrees. The Trustees also perform other responsibilities as delegated by the Utah Board of Higher Education and the Utah State Legislature. The Trustees are appointed by the Governor. The President of the Associated Students of the University is a member of the trustees. The President of the Academic Senate and the President of Staff Council are non-voting participants in trustee meetings.
The responsibilities of the President and the Board of Trustees are set forth in the Policies of the Utah Board of Higher Education.