The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) consists of 10 public colleges and universities governed by their institutional Boards of Trustees and the Utah State Board of Regents. The system includes two major research/teaching universities, (the University of Utah and Utah State University) two metropolitan/regional universities, two state colleges, three community colleges, and a college of applied technology.
The Utah State Board of Regents is the governing body for the Utah System of Higher Education. The Board consists of eighteen residents of the State; fifteen regents and one student regent appointed by the Governor. Two members of the State Board of Education, appointed by the chair of that board, serve as nonvoting members. 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.
Utah’s Commissioner of Higher Education serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Regents. The Commissioner and his staff provide support to the Board of Regents and the institutions of the Utah System of Higher Education.
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 Board of Regents. 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 is a non-voting participant in trustee meetings.
The responsibilities of the President and the Board of Trustees are set forth in the Rules of the Board of Regents.